UNICEF speaks out against child deaths in northern Nigerian clashes

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today lamented the deaths of a number of Nigerian children in clashes in the north of the country, with most of those taking part in the violence being young people.

Ensuring child rights still a challenge, 20 years after treaty – UN officials

The Convention on the Rights of the Child has become the most widely accepted human rights treaty in history, but 20 years after its adoption, much more remains to be done to turn its promises into reality for millions worldwide, top United Nations officials said today.

Despite much progress, more must be done to protect children’s rights – UN

Despite considerable progress over the past 20 years in improving the lot of the world’s children, including a 28 per cent drop in annual mortality of those under five from 12.5 million to an estimated 8.8 million, their rights are still far from assured, according to a new United Nations report issued today.

Food shortages incapacitate and kill millions of children each year – UN report

An astonishing 200 million children under the age of five, almost all in Africa and Asia, suffer from the debilitating impact of stunted growth resulting from a lack of food and the right nutrients, a new United Nations report warned today.

UNICEF chief focuses on child health, climate change on visit to Mali

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said greater attention should be paid to the negative impact of climate change on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, especially children, as she toured the West African nation of Mali.

Home furnishings giant IKEA raises money for UNICEF

More than 500,000 children, mainly in Africa, are expected to benefit from home furnishing and accessories firm IKEA’s Holiday season fundraising campaign, which will donate one euro for every soft toy sold to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the non-governmental organization (NGO) Save the Children.

Lebanese pop star Nancy Ajram named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Middle East

Award-winning Lebanese pop star Nancy Ajram will use her fame to spotlight the needs of young people in the Middle East and North Africa as she takes on her new role as regional Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today.

Nearly five million children in Horn of Africa now hungry, UNICEF says

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) sounded the alarm on the worsening humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa today, noting that nearly five million children under the age of five in the region are now hungry.

Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom will be working to make the world a better place for young people as he steps into his new role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UN calls for steps to save millions of children from trafficking, abuse

Scores of millions of children worldwide are subject to trafficking, sexual abuse or child labour, lack parental care or documents needed to access schools and health care, or face violence in their homes, schools or communities, according to a new United Nations report released today.