Concerted global action needed to make schools safe from collapse, UN says

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) called today for more concerted action to make school buildings around the world safe following the collapse of thousands of schools this year, many of them deadly, due to earthquakes, cyclones and other causes.

Sudanese Government and UNICEF sign agreement to protect children

Sudan’s military and child welfare authorities have partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to protect children’s rights and prevent the recruitment of child soldiers in the war-torn African nation.

Renowned Swedish retailer donates proceeds from toy sales to UNICEF projects

This holiday season scores of projects aimed at improving the education of school children around the world are set to profit from an IKEA initiative to the tune of €5 million (almost $7 million), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.

Rich countries must focus on quality of early childhood care – UN report

With almost 80 per cent of three-to-six year-olds in rich countries now spending time away from their parents in some form of early childhood education and care, the quality of such services can make all the difference between great benefit and great harm for almost all aspects of a child’s development, according to a new United Nations report.

Millions lather up to save lives as UN observes Global Handwashing Day

Nearly 200 million people from over 70 countries participated today in United Nations events marking the first ever Global Handwashing Day, held to raise awareness about how a lack of effective sanitation and poor hygiene practices can bring death and disease.

UNICEF launches campaign in Iran to cut one of world’s highest road accident rates

With 28,000 people dying in traffic accidents in Iran every year, one of the highest rates worldwide at 20 times the global average, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched an awareness-raising campaign on road safety focusing on youngsters.

UNICEF Ambassadors, The Wiggles, use jingle to encourage kids to wash hands

Popular Australian children’s entertainers and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassadors, The Wiggles, have created a catchy tune to help motivate millions of children worldwide to transform the mundane act of handwashing into an enjoyable habit, thereby improving hygiene and reducing the risk of disease.

UNICEF welcomes British recognition of migrant children’s rights

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today applauded the decision by the British Government to grant children seeking asylum, migrant children and those trafficked into the country the same rights as British children, including their right to education, health care and social services.

Measles shots given to over 140,000 children in Somalia, says UNICEF

The latest vaccination campaign in Somalia to fight the spread of measles has reached more than 140,000 children despite the overall climate of insecurity and violence, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) announced today.

UNICEF announces nominees for Children’s Day Broadcasting award

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) today announced its nominees for the annual International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) award, presented to television and radio broadcasters for outstanding commitment to the Day.