UNICEF welcomes Mexican budget move to invest in children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has hailed a new Mexican Government initiative aimed at improving child welfare as a “breakthrough” towards ensuring greater social cohesion for children and adolescents as well as boosting the country’s economic development.

Soccer star David Beckham visits UNICEF-backed shelter in the Philippines

David Beckham tried his hand at sewing, took part in an art class and played a game of soccer with local students this week as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) visited the Philippines to spotlight the plight of young people in need.

Bollywood star to focus on child nutrition in new role as UNICEF ambassador

One of Bollywood’s biggest names, the actor-producer Aamir Khan, today became the newest Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), teaming up with the UN agency to promote better nutrition for children.

Investment in children is paying off, but it must reach most vulnerable – UN report

Children’s well-being has improved dramatically thanks to increased global political will and efficient supportive programmes and policies, according to a report released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children UK, but it also warns that benefits need to reach the most disadvantaged children for gains to be sustainable.

Tennis star Serena Williams to serve as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today that one of the all-time greats of women’s tennis, Serena Williams, will become the agency’s next international Goodwill Ambassador.

Gaps between boys and girls in developing world widen as they get older – UN report

A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlights significant gaps in areas such as education and health, mostly favouring males, as boys and girls in developing countries grow older.

Soccer stars encourage children at UN-organized event in Texas

Two teammates of FC Barcelona, the Spanish soccer club that supports the efforts of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to improve the lives of children in Africa, made themselves available to young fans in the United States city of Dallas, telling them that with passion and love of the game, they too can become star players.

UN urges Europe and Central Asia to stop sending children to State-run homes

Two United Nations entities have urged governments in Europe and Central Asia to immediately end the practice of placing young children in State-run homes for infants because of the risk of neglect and abuse.

Africa’s children deserve more protective environments, UNICEF says

African governments need to provide “more protective environments” to keep children safe and free from harm and exploitation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urged today.

Lauding immunization pledges, UNICEF says they will save millions of lives

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today congratulated the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) on its London conference in which public and private donors pledged $4.3 billion, which it said will save millions of lives.