Children

Syrian conflict has ‘erased’ children’s dreams: new UN report

Nearly nine years of conflict in Syria have robbed boys and girls of their childhood and subjected them to “unabated violations of their rights”, including being killed, maimed, displaced, forced to fight or subjected to torture, rape and sexual slavery. 

Amidst uptick in violence and displacement, UN chief calls for ‘immediate cessation of hostilities’ in Syria

“Deeply concerned” over a recent military escalation in northwest Syria, Secretary-General António Guterres called for an “immediate cessation of hostilities”.

Political solution ‘long overdue’ to protect the children of eastern Ukraine

Nearly half a million children in eastern Ukraine continue to face “grave risks” to their physical health and psychological well-being, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday.

Four in five adolescents fail to meet minimum exercise level

It’s widely understood that exercise is good for you, but how much should that be?

In the first global study of its kind into schoolchildren aged 11 to 17 years old, the World Health Organization (WHO) found that four in five of them are not active for even 60 minutes of exercise a day – that’s the minimum recommended amount.

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News in Brief 21 November 2019

  • UNICEF spotlights degree of vulnerability for Syrian children living in conflict
  • Governments ‘failing’ to tackle business-related rights abuses
  • Stark disparity in overall prisoner health versus persons walking free, new study shows
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Tuesday's Daily Brief: ‘Forgotten’ pneumonia epidemic, experts urge vigilance over Australia wildfires, Ebola vaccine breakthrough 

A recap of Tuesday’s top stories: Pneumonia number one killer of children; Australia’s wildfires rage on; Ebola vaccine gets green light; new child labour and trafficking study; Malnutrition soars in Latin America and Caribbean; Intellectual Property chief encourages innovation.

‘Forgotten’ pneumonia epidemic kills more children than any other disease

Pneumonia, an entirely preventable disease, kills more children than any other illness in the world, one child every 39 seconds. But although that statistic is well known, funding to improve survival rates continues to come up short, the UN and partners warned on Tuesday, World Pneumonia Day. 

Nearly two million Cameroonians face humanitarian emergency: UNICEF

Ongoing violence in Cameroon’s northwest and southwest has created a fast-growing humanitarian emergency now affecting some 1.9 million people, a “15-fold increase since 2017”, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

News in Brief 4 November 2019

  • India’s New Delhi choking on record levels of smog
  • UNICEF urges governments to repatriate children stranded in Syria 
  • Council deeply concerned over political developments unfolding in Guinea-Bissau 
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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Nearly 180,000 displaced in Syria's northeast, millions of young lives hinge on funding, WHO urges lead paint ban

A recap of Tuesday’s main stories: Syria's northeast sees 180,000 displaced two weeks into fighting; funding shortfalls puts millions of young lives on the line; assistance breakthrough for Yemeni's; UN health agency urges ban on lead paint; Libyan child deaths in Tripoli attack.