Youth obesity increases 10-fold in four decades, UN-backed study reveals

The number of obese children and adolescents aged five to 19 years worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades, and if current trends continue, there will be more obese children and adolescents than those moderately or severely underweight by 2022, a United Nations-backed study shows.

VIDEO: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors sing to ban child marriage

Singer Angélique Kidjo and eight of Benin's other music artists are urging parents to not marry off their young daughters in a new music video created by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

On World Day Against Child Labour, UN urges protection for children in conflicts and disasters

Children in areas affected by conflict and disasters are among the most vulnerable, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) in warning on the World Day Against Child Labour, making a strong call for an end to the scourge, especially as children trapped in crisis risk falling prey to trafficking or being forced into hazardous work.

Ongoing violations of child rights highlighted as UN monitoring body opens annual session

Children face the ongoing violations of their rights worldwide, including poverty, violence and discrimination against them, a senior United Nations human rights official told the body that monitors implementation of a global treaty on the matter.

Concerned by amended child labour bill in India, UN agency urges stronger legal framework

Voicing concern over the amended Child Labour Bill in India which could legitimize family work and further disadvantage children from poor families, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged the removal of certain provisions and establishing a robust monitoring mechanism with a thorough list of hazardous occupations for a stronger child protection framework.

“Crisis of an entire generation” indoctrinated by ISIL

A new report endorsed by the UN that examines child indoctrination by the ISIL terrorist group represents the “crisis of an entire generation”.

That’s according to the senior researcher launching the report in the UK parliament on Wednesday, called Children and the Islamic State.

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Governments must act to reverse alarming rise in childhood obesity, UN report warns

Facing a global epidemic in childhood obesity with the number of overweight children under five on track to jump from 42 million to 70 million over the next decade, a United Nations report today called on governments to reverse the trend by promoting healthy foods and physical activity.

UN agencies launch new standards to improve adolescent care worldwide

Two United Nations agencies – the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) – announced today they have developed new standards for quality health-care services for adolescents, which aim to help countries improve services for people between the ages of 10 and 19.

Nepali families unknowingly send their children to child traffickers

Lured by promises of education and health care, families affected by the earthquake in Nepal are unknowingly sending their children to facilities which exploit them.

Youths are also being lured by traffickers who offer fake opportunities to work abroad.

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Cost of child maltreatment in Asia-Pacific tops $200 billion annually, reports UNICEF

Child abuse and violence is costing countries in East Asia and the Pacific around $209 billion a year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today in the first costing of child maltreatment in the region, revealing that “inaction about violence results in serious economic costs to countries and communities.”