UN, religious leaders promote exclusive breastfeeding in Indonesia

Faced with a marked decrease in exclusive breastfeeding in Indonesia, the United Nations has teamed up with Government and religious leaders to promote a practice that is proven to protect newborns and infants from disease, illness and impaired development.

Some of world’s richest countries let poorest children fall further behind – UN

Italy, the United States, Greece, Belgium and the United Kingdom top a list of two dozen developed countries that let their most vulnerable children fall even further behind, with enormous consequences not only for the youngsters themselves but for the economy and society at large, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Better data needed to end violence against children, UN panel says

United Nations experts called today for better data and research on violence against children, including discipline in the home, as a means to strengthen government action for prevention and to support legal prohibitions.

Child mortality rates drop by a third since 1990 – UNICEF

Fewer children are dying before they reach their fifth birthdays, with the total number of under-five deaths falling by one third in the past two decades, according to fresh estimates by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Most Paraguayan children suffer parental or family abuse, UN reports

Six out of 10 Paraguayan children and adolescents suffer physical violence and other maltreatment within their homes, including beatings, kicks, burns and semi-asphyxiation, according to a new United Nations study.

Focus on world’s disadvantaged children can save millions of lives – UNICEF

Investing first in the world’s most disadvantaged children and communities can save millions of lives and help spur progress towards achieving internationally agreed development targets, according to a new study by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF brings safe drinking water to displaced families in Tajikistan

More than 3,000 people displaced by last year’s severe flooding and mudslides in southern Tajikistan now enjoy the benefits of safe drinking water, thanks to the efforts of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and regional government agencies.

Stigma exacerbates rising HIV epidemic among Eastern European youth

An underground HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is intensifying at an alarming pace, and the issue is being exacerbated by high levels of social stigma holding young people back from seeking treatment, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says in a new report.

UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow to meet with war-affected children in Uganda

Actress and activist Mia Farrow is travelling to Uganda today in her role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to meet with children impacted by years of conflict.

Figure skating star Yuna Kim named newest UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

After having won the 2010 Olympic gold medal in figure skating, superstar Yuna Kim is adding another honour to her collection, signing on to become the newest Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).