Universal Children’s Day, 20 November
In 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all member states institute a Universal Children’s Day to promote the welfare of all children and advocate for understanding and solidarity between all children.
Above image is credited to Sophia Paris and was retrieved from unmultimedia.org/photo
International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October
On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170, declaring October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
2013’s International Day of the Girl Child will be celebrated under the theme “Innovating for Girls’ Education,” addressing the importance of innovation in partnerships, policies, resource utilization, community mobilization, and the engagement of young people themselves, as well as new technology.
World Teacher Day, 5 October
5 October is UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day, a day on which to thank teachers for their work toward a better future for all and to support global education needs. For 2013’s observance of World Teachers’ Day, UNESCO and its partners (ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, and Education International) put forth the slogan "A Call for Teachers!"
At UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the focus of the 2013 World Teachers’ Day celebration on 4 October will be on tackling the teacher gap, barriers to better quality education and teachers’ role in developing globally-minded citizens.
Last week the world marked a shameful milestone. 1 million child refugees forced to leave Syria.
“I hope to go back to Syria soon,” says Yasmine, one of the 1 million, now living in Za’atari camp in Jordan. “I miss my relatives, my friends and my school too.”
Here is a short video: http://youtu.be/xpG3jLGGkvc
You can also learn more about the #childrenofsyria and how you can help by visiting:
Even by simply sharing this link you are helping so…let try to put an end to this any way we can
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UNHCR, UNICEF & Partners Aid Sudden Influx of Syrian Refugees in Iraq
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has reported that at least 20,000 Syrians began pouring into the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq last Thursday, taking advantage of a new bridge along the largely closed border at Peshkhabour at the Tigris River.
Some had reportedly been waiting near the Tigris River for two to three days, camped at a makeshift site. The vast majority of the new arrivals are families — women, children and elderly — mainly from Aleppo, Efrin, Hassake and Qamishly.
UNHCR, UNICEF, their partners and the authorities have provided water and food; IOM and the Kurdistan Regional Government provided hundreds of buses to move the refugees onwards to Dohuk and Erbil.
Above image was retrieved from unhcr.org and is credited to G. Gubaeva
Campaign in Somalia to Stop Growing Polio Outbreak
A serious polio outbreak in Somalia that began in May, according to WHO investigation, has grown such that there are now more confirmed cases in Somalia than in all other countries combined. Substantial areas of central and southern Somalia had not conducted vaccination activities since 2009.
To contain the outbreak, UNICEF, the World Health Organization and their partners have helped procure and distribute vaccines for 5 rounds of house-to-house vaccinations thus far. The Government of Japan, among other donors, has provided an emergency grant to provide oral polio vaccinations for more than 2.8 million children under 10 years old.
Resources on Polio
68 Children and Young People Released by Myanmar Armed Forces
On 7 August 2013, the Myanmar armed forces, or Tatmadaw, released 68 children and young people from service. This release increases the number of children and young people released from the military to 176 since June 2012, when the Government of Myanmar committed to the Action Plan under UN Security Council Resolution 1612 on monitoring and reporting child rights violations.
UNICEF Myanmar’s Deputy Representative in Yangon, Shalini Bahuguna, states that “today’s release is the largest since the UN signed the historic agreement with the Myanmar Government and the Tatmadaw in June 2012 to end the use and recruitment of all and any children by the armed forces for all time.”
Child Rights Resources:
UNICEF Unveils Global Initiative End Violence Against Children
On 31 July 2013 UNICEF unveiled its global initiative End Violence Against Children, highlighting the hidden nature of the issue and calling for an end to all forms of violence against children. Supporters are encouraged to enter their photo competition by 14 August 2013.
UNICEF kicked off the initiative with the release of a public service announcement by Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson, urging all to “make the invisible visible” and emphasizing the many forms of violence against children, including child labour, armed conflict, sexual exploitation and violence in the home, at school and in the workplace.
Life-saving supplies reach children and families in conflict-affected Aleppo, Syria
UNICEF and partners have just completed the delivery of life-saving supplies to the embattled city of Aleppo in northwestern Syria.
The mission, which also included the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and other United Nations agencies, was part of a 15-truck convoy that travelled from Damascus to Aleppo. UNICEF’s supplies included diarrhoeal disease kits to treat 30,000 people, medical kits for 20,000 people, 2,000 family hygiene kits, cooking stoves, high energy biscuits and school supplies.
“The humanitarian situation in Aleppo is desperate,” said Yoka Brandt, a UNICEF Deputy Executive Director who was on a two-day visit to Damascus last week. “Our goal is to reach children who most need our assistance, no matter where they are.”
Aleppo has the highest number of affected people in the country – at least 2.4 million. According to UNICEF, half of these are children.
“Humanitarian needs, especially for food, water and shelter, are very severe,” said Ahmedou Bahah, who accompanied the convoy as head of UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme in Syria.
UNICEF delivered five generators and eight water tanks that will provide safe drinking water to more than 1 million people in Aleppo. The installation of the generators has already begun.
With the conflict in Syria in its third year, living conditions, especially in the worst affected areas, have become deplorable. Prices have tripled or quadrupled, impacting the provision of basic supplies and households’ purchasing power. Families are struggling to provide their children with basic supplies including bread, vegetables and fruits, milk, yogurt and eggs.
Since the beginning of the year, UNICEF has participated in 20 United Nations convoys, 15 of which were to areas controlled by opposition groups.
Through these and other missions, UNICEF and partners provided 10 million people with access to safe drinking water, vaccinated 1.5 million children, enrolled more than 141,000 children in schools and supported more than 450 school clubs where children receive the support needed to overcome some of the horrors they have witnessed.
Learn more about our work relating to the crisis in Syria by following us on Storify: https://storify.com/UNICEF/syrian-crisis
Photo caption: UNICEF Field Officer Kinan Madi examines boxes of hygiene items, including ‘baby hygiene kits’, before they are distributed to displaced families.
Photo credit: © UNICEF/NYHQ2013-0202/Iman Morooka
UNICEF has launched new report about female genital mutilation/cutting that looks at data from 29 countries over the past 20 years. Overall, support for the practice is declining - even in countries where FGM/C is widespread, such as Egypt and Sudan.
State of the World’s Children 2013
UNICEF has released its 2013 State of the World’s Children report, focusing on the situation of children with disabilities. The full report is available for free download in many formats, including ePub, HTML, and Braille.
Humanitarian Action for Children 2013
UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2013 highlights the challenges children face in humanitarian situations around the world. It appeals for urgent support that will make a difference in children’s lives.
The publication is available -
WHO/UNICEF Progress Report on Sanitation & Drinking Water
Some 2.4 billion people will remain without access to improved sanitation in 2015, according to a new joint WHO/UNICEF report.According to the report, the world remains off track to meet the Millennium Development goal (MDg) sanitation target.
Among the key findings from the latest 2011 data, the report highlights:
- Almost two-thirds (64%) of the world’s population had access to improved sanitation facilities, an increase of almost 1.9 billion people since 1990.
- Approximately 2.5 billion people lacked access to an improved sanitation facility. Of these, 761 million use public or shared sanitation facilities and 693 million use facilities that do not meet minimum standards of hygiene.
- In 2011, one billion people still defecated in the open. 90% of all open defecation takes place in rural areas.
- By the end of 2011, 89% of the world population used an improved drinking-water source, and 55% had a piped supply on premises. This left an estimated 768 million people without improved sources for drinking water, of whom 185 million relied on surface water for their daily needs.
- There continues to be a striking disparity between those living in rural areas and those who live in cities. Urban dwellers make up three-quarters of those with access to piped water supplies at home. Rural communities comprise 83% of the global population without access to improved drinking water source and 71 per cent of those living without sanitation.
The report titled Progress on sanitation and drinking-water 2013 update is available here in english.
UNICEF Report: Children in an Urban World
This Report, produced by UNICEF, reviews and analyses key trends in the Urbanization of Developing Countries in the context of children’s accessibility to basic rights and services. There are helpful graphs that clearly display statistics and findings, such as; ‘Urban populations are growing fastest in Asian and Africa’, ‘Urbanization trends over time’ and ‘Education Demographics’.
There are hundreds of millions of children today live in urban slums, many without access to basic services. They are vulnerable to dangers ranging from violence and exploitation to the injuries, illnesses and death that result from living in crowded settlements atop hazardous rubbish dumps or alongside railroad tracks. There is a major problem with these children’s situations and needs being ignored and underrepresented by aggregate figures that show urban children to be better off that their rural counterparts, obscuring the disparities that exist among the children of the cities.
By 2050, over two thirds of the global population will be living in an urbanized area; this Report thus focuses on the key issues, such as health, housing and education, that must be remedied in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and prepare for a Sustainable Future.
Related UN Resources:
- UNICEF: Information by Country and Programme
- Children and the Millennium Development Goals
- Report- Progress for Children: A Report Card for Adolescents
- Pneumonia and Diarrhoea: Tackling the Deadliest Diseases for the World’s Poorest Children
- Inequities in Early Children Development: What the Data Say