UNICEF

Nearly two-thirds of children lack access to welfare safety net, risking ‘vicious cycle of poverty’

More than six in 10 children globally lack access to social protection, leaving them particularly vulnerable to falling into chronic poverty, the UN said on Wednesday, warning also that some governments are cutting State cash entitlements, amid continuing economic uncertainty.

News in Brief 15 January 2019

  • International Criminal Court acquits Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d’Ivoire allegations
  • Aid reaches war-hit Hudaydah communities for first time in months – WFP
  • ‘Life and death’ conditions in Syria’s desert camp, warns WFP
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News in Brief 26 December 2018

  • UN mission condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Afghanistan
  • Indonesia tsunami response
  • UN mission condemns terrorist attack in Libya
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Afghan children used as ‘collateral’ with even babies promised in marriage

Families in Afghanistan are being forced into debt, “making the difficult decision of using their children as collateral”, says the Chief of Communications for UNICEF in Afghanistan, Alison Parker.

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News in Brief 16 November 2018

  • UNICEF adds voice to concerns over Rohingya return to Myanmar
  • Afghanistan alert – widespread drought affects 3.5m people
  • Libya hospital attack just one of a rising number, warns WHO
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News in Brief 9 November 2018

  • Bid to deliver aid ‘to up to 14 million’ in Yemen where people risk becoming ‘living ghosts’: WFP
  • Cameroon alert as refugee arrivals reach 30,000 in Nigeria
  • IOM migrant caravan survey
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Rich economies not a promise of education equality, new report finds

High national wealth does not guarantee equal access to a quality education, a new report released on Tuesday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) suggests.

‘Essential step’ towards universal health care made at pivotal UN conference

United Nations Member States have unanimously vowed to strengthen primary health care, as an “essential step” towards achieving universal health coverage for all.

UN targets half a million Yemenis in battle-scarred Hudaydah with cholera vaccine - UNICEF

Over a year after cholera broke out in Yemen, killing more than 2,000 people, the disease is back and spreading fast in the Houthi-held port city of Hudaydah; a target of continued air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition to regain control of the city.

UN officials call for children’s rights to be respected in Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel

Children’s rights continue to be violated in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Israel, according to three leading UN officials in the region who on Wednesday called on all parties responsible to take concrete and immediate steps to “allow children to live free of fear and to realize all their rights”.