Child Rights for 25 years, ‘better or worse’ today?

Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani in a makeshift classroom at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc on November 18, 2014. OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS Twenty-five years since the United Nations ratified its Convention on the Rights of the Child, have the lives of the world’s children improved? A new report tried to answer that question and found some gains among ongoing and long-standing challenges. Examining the quality of life for children in 190 countries, the report … [Read more...]

POST 2015, UNICEF, UN Women and UNDP, July 8 ( NYC )

PARTICIPATORY MONITORING AND ACCOUNTABILITY: CRITICAL COMPONENTS FOR THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA Side Event to the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) Hosted by Governments of Canada, Peru, Republic of Korea Supported by UNICEF, UN Women and UNDP Time and Venue: Date: 8 July 2014 Time: 12:45-1:15 PM: Light lunch available 1:15 – 2:30 PM: Panel Presentation and Q&A Venue: UN Secretariat North Lawn Building, Conference Room 7, New York Over the last two years the UN system … [Read more...]

Breast Feeding in Public, to Be or not to Be?

Breastfeeding in public is forbidden in some jurisdictions, not addressed by law in others, and a granted legal right in public and the workplace in yet others. Where it is a legal right, some mothers may nevertheless be reluctant to breastfeed, and some people may object to the practice. Many women have reported feeling uncomfortable breastfeeding in public, even doing so discreetly. But it is important to remember that you are feeding your baby. Breastfeeding is considered the healthiest … [Read more...]

Universal Children’s Day celebrated Nov 20

On Universal Children’s Day, UN says violence against young hobbles development 20 November 2013 – Drawing a direct link between violence against children and poverty, United Nations officials marked Universal Children’s Day with a call to make child protection a priority in the global development agenda for the decades to come. “Violence against children does more than harm individual children, it undermines the fabric of society, affecting productivity, well-being, and prosperity,” UN … [Read more...]

“A Call for Teachers!”

In many countries, Teachers' Days (or Teachers Day) are intended to be special days for the appreciation of teachers, and may include celebrations to honour them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general. The date on which Teachers' day is celebrated varies from country to country. Teachers' days are distinct from World Teachers' Day which is officially celebrated across the world on October 5. The idea of celebrating Teachers' Day took ground … [Read more...]

UNICEF and MONUSCO Taking Action against Rape in the Congo!

Senior UN officials condemn recent rapes of young girls in eastern DR Congo June 2013 – Two senior United Nations officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have condemned the recent cases of rape of young girls in the eastern province of South Kivu as “unacceptable” and called for an end to such abuse. Over the past two months, nine young girls aged between 18 months and 12 years old have been admitted to Panzi Hospital in South Kivu with marks of violence on their bodies … [Read more...]

UNICEF supports China in earthquake response to assist children (RADIO)

UNICEF is finalizing plans with its Chinese government partners to intensify and accelerate efforts in child protection and welfare, mother and baby health, young child nutrition, hygiene and sanitation. This, as the death and injury toll becomes clearer following the devastation caused by the earthquake in Lushan County in Sichuan province. With support from its Hong Kong Committee, UNICEF has allocated US$75,000 for emergency obstetric and neonatal health equipment for local health … [Read more...]

UN System Observances for International Women’s Day 2013

UN System Observances for International Women's Day 2013 In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 March as International Women's Day. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions. For the United Nations, International Women's … [Read more...]

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