UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo celebrates resilience of girls and young people during visit to Benin

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo returned to her home country Bénin last month to meet children and young people impacted by the spillover of violence from the Sahel crisis, and climate change in the region.   The deteriorating security situation in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Niger, as well as rising food prices as a result of climate induced shocks, are affecting access to essential social services for children, refugees, and internally displaced persons in northern Benin. In some border areas with Sahel countries, a number of schools have been temporarily…

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Save the Children, UNICEF and France launch new handbook to strengthen bid to end the recruitment and use of children in conflict

Children as young as eight are still at risk around the world from the unlawful recruitment by armed forces or armed gangs despite a landmark agreement 15 years ago in Paris to combat the use of children in conflict, organisations including Save the Children and UNICEF warned. The child rights agencies, along with the government of France and other members of the Paris Principles Steering Group (PPSG) – formed after the Paris Principles and Commitments were agreed in 2007 – are now launching new guidance to tackle the issue. The…

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UNICEF UK Launches ‘The C Stands For Children’ Campaign with Accomplice London

The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK), the world’s leading humanitarian organisation for children, has partnered with Accomplice London to launch an integrated, multi-media campaign designed to highlight that children are at the heart of everything UNICEF do. Despite its iconic name, many aren’t aware that UNICEF exists to support children, working in 190 countries to build a better world for every child, every day, everywhere. Working in some of the world’s toughest places, UNICEF reach children who are the furthest from help, the most disadvantaged and the most at…

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New global alliance launched to end AIDS in children by 2030

Globally, only half (52%) of children living with HIV are on life-saving treatment, far behind adults where three quarters (76%) are receiving antiretrovirals, according to the data that has just been released in the UNAIDS Global AIDS Update 2022. Concerned by the stalling of progress for children, and the widening gap between children and adults, UNAIDS, UNICEF, WHO and partners have brought together a global alliance to ensure that no child living with HIV is denied treatment by the end of the decade and to prevent new infant HIV infections.…

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70% of 10-Year-Olds now in Learning Poverty, Unable to Read and Understand a Simple Text

As a result of the worst shock to education and learning in recorded history, learning poverty has increased by a third in low- and middle-income countries, with an estimated 70% of 10-year-olds unable to understand a simple written text, according to a new report published by the World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, UK government Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), USAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This rate was 57% before the pandemic, but now the learning crisis has deepened. This generation of students now risks losing $21 trillion…

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