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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AstraZeneca Young Health Programme to partner with UNICEF to prevent non-communicable diseases among young people

22 January 2020, AstraZeneca to partner with UNICEF to prevent non-communicable diseases among young people

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1 in 3 adolescent girls from the poorest households has never been to school - UNICEF

20th January 2020 - As the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting begins tomorrow and education ministers convene at the Education World Forum today, UNICEF urges policy-makers to address ‘shameful’ disparities in public education spending.

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Libya: Tens of thousands of children at risk amidst violence and chaos of unrelenting conflict

17 January 2020 – Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the tens of thousands of children at risk amidst conflict in Libya.

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16th January 2020 London, UK: Today, global esports organisation FNATIC announces it is partnering with UNICEF to tackle 21st Century issues affecting children globally. Funds raised from the partnership will contribute to UNICEF programmes around the world, working to create a safer, happier and better world for every child.

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15 January 2020 – In a sector leading move, Unicef UK announces equalised parental leave policy for all employees. This policy acknowledges the equal role of each caregiver in raising a child, shifting the focus away from gender, sexual orientation or length of service, and puts it on the child and the time spent with them during those early moments.

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Fighting in and around Tripoli shuts 210 schools, depriving over 115,000 children of their education - UNICEF

6 January 2020 - Violence in and around Tripoli, Libya, has taken a devastating toll on children’s education, with five schools destroyed and 210 schools shuttered, pushing over 115, 000 children out of school.

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UNICEF’s New Year appeal for Syria: cease fighting in the northwest and end the nine-year war

2 January 2020 - As a new year begins and the war in Syria approaches its tenth year, the situation for many children – especially in the northwest of the country – remains dire.

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New Year’s Babies: Over 2020 children will be born in the UK on New Year’s Day

1 January 2020 - New Year’s Babies: Over 2020 children will be born in the UK on New Year’s Day - UNICEF. In 2020, UNICEF is calling for world leaders and nations to invest in health workers with the know-how and equipment to save every newborn.

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Children bear the brunt of intensifying violence in northwest Syria

24 December 2019 – Children are bearing the brunt of intensifying violence in northwest Syria. More than 500 children were injured or killed in the first nine months of 2019, and at least 65 children have been killed or injured in the month of December alone.

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TikTok celebrates family moments in support of UNICEF

23 December 2019 - TikTok celebrates family moments in support of UNICEF, urges its community to come together to create videos for good using #TikTokTraditions

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Waves of protests around the world are reminder that voices of children and adolescents must be heard and their rights protected

Statement by Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore calls for children to be protected when protesting for their rights.

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Nine Afghan children killed or maimed daily in world’s most lethal warzone

A new UNICEF report notes that in the first nine months of 2019, an average of nine children were killed or maimed every day. This marks an 11 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2018.

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Despite significant increase in birth registration, a quarter of the world’s children remain ‘invisible’ – UNICEF

11 December 2019 – The number of children whose births are officially registered has increased significantly worldwide, yet 166 million children under-five, or 1 in 4, remain unregistered, according to a new report released by UNICEF today on its own 73rd birthday.

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As impact of climate crisis worsens, Caribbean islands see six-fold increase in estimated number of children displaced by storms, new UNICEF report shows

6 December 2019 - Spike in displacement could be new norm as climate change predicted to cause more Category 4 and 5 hurricanes in the region

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More than 140,000 die from measles as cases surge worldwide

5 December 2019 - Infants and young children most at risk of fatal complications, health agencies warn

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More than 6,100 unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Italy in need of community and family-based care

5 December 2019 – Approximately 94 per cent of all unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children currently in Italy, 6,172 children under 18, are living in reception centres, often isolated and cut off from opportunities to build their future, said UNICEF today.  The agency urged authorities to increase community and family-based housing solutions across the country.

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UNICEF issues largest-ever emergency funding appeal to reach historic numbers of children in need

4 December 2019 – UNICEF today released its US$ 4.2 / GBP £3.28 billion 2020 emergency appeal to reach 59 million children with life-saving support in 64 countries across the globe. It is its biggest ask of donors yet, representing 3.5 times the funds requested in 2010.

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Eight children reportedly killed in attacks on Tal Rifaat in rural Aleppo north of Syria

2 December 2019 – UNICEF response to reports that 16 children were killed and injured in attacks on Tal Rifaat town, northern Aleppo.

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