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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The world’s nearly 240 million children living with disabilities are being denied basic rights – UNICEF

NEW YORK, 3 December, 2021 – All around the world, the nearly 240 million children living with disabilities -- 1 in 10 children worldwide -- are being denied basic rights, UNICEF said ahead of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

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A child was infected with HIV every two minutes in 2020 – UNICEF

29 November 2021 - A child was infected with HIV every two minutes in 2020 – UNICEF

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UNICEF calls for urgent action to avoid further loss of life at sea

26 November 2021 – The latest shipwreck in the English Channel – where at least 27 people lost their lives - calls for swift and decisive collective action to protect the lives of migrants at sea.

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UNICEF condemns latest bout of ‘horrific’ violence against children during armed attack on displaced people’s camp in eastern DRC

25 November 2021 - At least 14 children, including five girls, are among those killed by militiamen during the latest violence against displaced civilians in the province of Ituri in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF said today.

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Statement from the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) in response to the tragic loss of life due to boat capsizing in the Channel

24 November 2021 - Responding to the tragic news of loss of life due to a boat capsizing in the Channel today, Joanna Rea, Director of Advocacy at the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK), said the following.

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Geneva Palais briefing note on grave violations against children in West and Central Africa

GENEVA, 23 November 2021 - West and Central Africa has recorded the highest number of children recruited and used by armed forces and armed groups. This amounts to more than 42,000 violations between 2005 and 2020. "Over this same period, the region also ranks first – and worst – when it comes to numbers of rape and other forms of sexual violence committed against children, with more than 8,000 violations.

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The West and Central Africa region among the most affected by grave violations against children in armed conflict

DAKAR, 23 November 2021 – Since 2005, when a United Nations mechanism for monitoring and reporting on the six grave violations against children was established, West and Central Africa has been the region in the world with the highest number of children verified as recruited and used by armed forces and non-state armed groups and the highest number of children verified as victims of sexual violence.

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Lebanon: UNICEF survey highlights children’s ever-worsening situation with dramatic deterioration of living conditions over six months

BEIRUT, 23 November 2021 ­- With no sign of a let-up in Lebanon’s crisis, the impact on children is progressively worsening, with a new poll showing an increase in the number of children going hungry, having to work to support their family and not getting the health care they need. These are the findings released today in UNICEF’s report ‘Surviving without the basics; the ever-worsening impact of Lebanon’s crisis on children’.

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Landmark poll shows young people more likely than older generations to believe the world is becoming a better place – yet impatient for action on mounting crises

18 November 2021 – Children and young people are nearly 50 per cent more likely than older people to believe that the world is becoming a better place with each generation, according to a new international survey by UNICEF and Gallup released ahead of World Children’s Day.

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Millie Bobby Brown calls for ‘children not to give up on adults’ in World Children’s Day video

16 November 2021 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Millie Bobby Brown, is featured in a new video to raise children’s voices ahead of World Children’s Day on 20th November.

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Three children killed in Sudan in recent unrest

AMMAN, 15 November 2021 – “Three children, a 14-year-old girl and two boys aged 15 and 17 were reportedly killed during violence around protests in Sudan’s capital Khartoum. The exact circumstances of their deaths are under verification.

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UNICEF UK response the outcomes of COP26 for children and young people

14 Nov, "COP26 was a chance for world leaders to recognise the climate crisis as a child rights crisis and agree ambitious and concrete action to tackle climate change. “For the one billion children around the world already affected by the climate crisis, the outcomes of the Summit have fallen short of the urgent action needed to protect them today. Many of them will feel their futures remain at risk.

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Climate change is a children’s rights crisis and we need to act now- OpEd by UNICEF UK's Youth Advisory Board

12 November 2021 – “We are UNICEF UK’s Youth Advisory Board and strive to ensure children and young people are placed at the heart of discussions that affect us the most. Despite being the least responsible for climate change, we are disproportionately affected, and future generations will continue to be unfairly affected by the decisions made today about how to protect our planet."

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Girls increasingly at risk of child marriage in Afghanistan

12 November 2021 – “We have received credible reports of families offering daughters as young as 20 days old up for future marriage in return for a dowry. Even before the latest political instability, UNICEF’s partners registered 183 child marriages and 10 cases of selling of children over 2018 and 2019 in Herat and Baghdis provinces alone."

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Nearly 240 million children with disabilities around the world, UNICEF’s most comprehensive statistical analysis finds

10 November 2021 – The number of children with disabilities globally is estimated at almost 240 million, according to a new UNICEF report. Children with disabilities are disadvantaged compared to children without disabilities on most measures of child well-being, the report says.

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UNICEF deeply concerned about instrumentalization and pushbacks of children on Europe’s borders

GENEVA, Statement by Afshan Khan, Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Response in Europe: UNICEF deeply concerned about instrumentalization and pushbacks of children on Europe’s borders

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Statement by UNICEF Niger Representative Stefano Savi following school fire in Maradi

NIAMEY, 9 November 2021 – "UNICEF is profoundly saddened by the loss of life in a tragic fire that ravaged a primary school in the town of Maradi, Niger.

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8 children killed and injured over past week as violence continues to spiral in Yemen

3 November 2021 – At least 8 children have reportedly been killed or injured in escalating violence in Yemen in the past five days, UNICEF said today, as the conflict continues to take a deadly toll on children and families.

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New UNICEF analysis finds just 34 per cent of national climate policies are child-sensitive

UNICEF released a new analysis today that reveals that two thirds of countries’ climate plans don’t address the needs and priorities of children. We examined the Nationally Determined Contributions – or NDCs – that were updated ahead of COP26, where I am now. These documents are submitted by the countries which had signed the Paris Agreement, and outline the actions they commit to take to meet its goals.

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