On 25 September, [NAMES CHANGED] (foreground, left-right) siblings Awa, 3, and Amadou, 4, pretend to talk on toy mobile telephones, at home in a village on the outskirts of the city of Kenema in Eastern Province. Many of the people in the village are affected by Ebola. Olematu and Ibrahim are being cared for by their 15-year-old sister, Betty, with help from a neighbour, following the death of their mother from Ebola one month ago. Betty is a survivor of the virus. An estimated 1,131 children in Sierra Leone are affected by Ebola virus disease. UNICEF/UNI172461/Bindra

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Water station in northeast Syria out of service, impacting 400,000 people

18 October 2019 - “As violence continues today in the town of Ras Al-Ain, the A’llouk water station in the town has now been out of service for more than one week."

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Mayors and local leaders announce Declaration of Cologne at Child Friendly Cities Summit

18th October 2019 – More than 100 mayors from 40 countries today signed The Declaration of Cologne at the first international Child Friendly Cities Summit in Cologne, to accelerate progress towards improving the lives, opportunities and well-being of children in urban areas.

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16 October 2019 - Soccer Aid for Unicef today announced that the 2019 campaign raised a record-breaking £7.9m – with 100% of the money going towards Unicef’s vital work around the world saving lives and helping children grow up happy, healthy and able to play.

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Poor diets damaging children’s health, warns UNICEF

15 October 2019 - An alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor diets and a food system that is failing them, UNICEF warned today in a new report on children, food and nutrition.

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Nearly 70,000 children displaced as violence escalates in northeast Syria

14 October 2019 - Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

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1 in 4 young women in Latin America and the Caribbean is in union or married before age 18

PANAMA, 11 October 2019 - The region will reach the second highest rates in the world in 2030 if the situation is not reversed

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Burkina Faso - Deteriorating humanitarian conditions in northern and central parts of the country

11 October 2019 - Summary of what was said by Meritxell Relaño, UNICEF Deputy Director of Emergency Operations, at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations, following an inter-agency mission to Burkina Faso on 1-4 October.

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UNICEF update: The situation of children in northeast Syria

11 October 2019: Updated information on the situation for children in North-east Syria.

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UNICEF launches Cryptocurrency Fund

NEW YORK, 9 October 2019 – UNICEF will now be able to receive, hold and disburse donations of cryptocurrencies ether and bitcoin, through its newly-established UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund. In a first for United Nations organizations, UNICEF will use cryptocurrencies to fund open source technology benefiting children and young people around the world.

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Youth propose climate actions in Costa Rica global conference

7 October 2019 - Around 70 young people kicked off a new regional climate challenge - 1,000 actions for change - today in the presence of the Vice President of Costa Rica, Epsy Campbell Barr.

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As cholera continues to spread, UNICEF charters 1.6 million doses of vaccines to Sudan

UNICEF chartered a plane carrying 1.6 million doses of Oral Cholera Vaccines (OCV) to Khartoum yesterday.

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UNICEF and European Union launch peacebuilding initiative for adolescents and youth in Cox’s Bazar

6 October 2019 - To strengthen social cohesion in Cox’s Bazar, UNICEF and the European Union launched a peacebuilding programme for 20,500 adolescents and youth from Bangladeshi and Rohingya communities.

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London Borough of Redbridge drives forward child friendly plans

Unicef UK has today (Friday 4th October) launched an exciting new partnership with the London Borough of Redbridge to improve the lives of children living in the borough.

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Northeast Nigeria: More children cleared of ties with armed groups and released from administrative custody

Twenty-three boys and two girls were released today from Nigerian Army administrative custody after being cleared of suspected ties with armed groups. This brings the number of children released this year to 44. 

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Sulawesi earthquake one year on: Over 1 million children and parents reached with humanitarian assistance

Over 1 million children and family members have been reached with critical humanitarian assistance in the year since a deadly earthquake and tsunami struck the island of Sulawesi in September 2018.

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SAP and UNICEF partner to give young people job skills training

New partnership in support of Generation Unlimited will co-create solutions for quality education and job skills for young people in underserved communities.

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As the school year starts in Yemen, 2 million children are out of school and another 3.7 million are at risk of dropping out

25 September 2019 – As the new school year starts amid continuing violence in Yemen, 2 million children are out of school, including almost half a million who dropped out since the conflict escalated in March 2015.

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Using data to save lives: The Rockefeller Foundation, UNICEF and partners launch $100 million Precision Public Health Initiative

Initiative aims to prevent 6 million deaths by 2030 and it brings Data Science and Machine Learning to Community Health Systems and Frontline Workers

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