Children

Newborn babies deserve greatest chance to survive: UNICEF

One million newborns die the day they are born and a staggering 2.6 million do not survive their first month of life.

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News in Brief 20 February 2018

  • UNICEF has “no words” to describe barbaric acts in East Ghouta
  • UNHCR alarmed by “atrocities” in DRC
  • UNCTAD contemplates multilateral trade “crisis”
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World is failing newborns; UNICEF says global mortality rates remain ‘alarmingly high’

Newborns are dying at “alarmingly high” rates in countries that are poor, conflict-ridden or have weak institutions, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday in a new report, which reveals that babies born in these places are 50 times more likely to die in the first month of life than those born in some wealthier nations. 

Mali: $263 million sought to assist most vulnerable with humanitarian support, says UN relief official

Aid agencies in Mali have launched the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP ), asking for $263 million to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people, a senior United Nations aid official in the country said

Alarming gaps in reliable data leave 28 million uprooted children unprotected – UN

There are “alarming holes” in the availability, reliability, timeliness and accessibility of the data and evidence essential for understanding how children and their families are impacted by migration and forced displacement, United Nations agencies and their partners warned on Thursday.

Podcast Classic: Edward R Murrow joins forces with UN Radio to highlight Europe’s children in need

To mark World Radio Day, celebrated on 13 February, UN News has reached back into our audio archives to a classic collaboration between UN Radio and the great broadcaster Edward R Murrow.

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More than 5,000 child soldiers released in 2017, but tens of thousands still being used in conflict – UN

The global commitment to end the use of children in armed conflict led to the release and reintegration of more than 5,000 children in 2017, but tens of thousands of boys and girls are still being recruited, kidnapped, and forced to fight or work for military groups or armed forces at “alarming rates,” according to the United Nations.

News In Brief 09 February 2018

  • More than 85,000 civilians displaced since December while hostilities rage in Yemen: UNHCR
  • Refugee women and children victims of sexual violence
  • Refugees in “grave danger” of flooding and landslides
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“Be serious about resources” for reintegrating child soldiers: UN expert

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict has bemoaned the call of the international community to integrate child soldiers into society without providing the necessary financial resources.

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Syria: Life 'living nightmare' for children in East Ghouta, UNICEF chief warns

Following reports that dozens of children have been killed in violence this week alone in Syria, a senior United Nations official on Friday stressed the need for unconditional evacuations of sick and wounded children from East Ghouta and other sieged areas.