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Indonesia: 10 million children at risk from air pollution due to wild forest fires

Wild forest and peatland fires across Kalimantan and Sumatra in Indonesia are putting nearly 10 million children at risk from air pollution, UNICEF said today.

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UNICEF aims to reach 1.1 million children with winter assistance in the Middle East and North Africa

UNICEF requires US$47 million in funding for lifesaving winter supplies and cash assistance for children.

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16 children, including Greta Thunberg, file landmark complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

23 September – Sixteen child petitioners – including Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Villaseñor – from 12 countries around the world today presented a landmark official complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to protest lack of government action on the climate crisis.

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29 million babies born into conflict in 2018 – UNICEF

20 September 2019 – More than 29 million babies were born into conflict-affected areas in 2018, UNICEF said today.

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More women and children survive today than ever before – UN report

 19 September 2019: More women and their children are surviving today than ever before, according to new child and maternal mortality estimates released today by United Nations groups* led by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Protracted conflict, the climate crisis, a rise in mental illness and online misinformation among biggest emerging threats to children

18 September 2019 – Protracted conflicts, the worsening climate crisis, a rising level of mental illness among young people, and online misinformation are some of the most concerning emerging global threats to children, UNICEF said today in an open letter issued by the organization’s Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

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Mozambique: Children living in storm-affected areas face worsening food insecurity and nutrition crisis six months after Cyclone Idai

14 September 2019 - UNICEF projects more than 38,000 children could become severely malnourished in Mozambique by early 2020

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Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas Government and UNICEF to bring 10,000 displaced children back to school

13 September 2019 – With the support of UNICEF, the Government of the Bahamas today begins registering approximately 10,000 students displaced by Hurricane Dorian to enroll them back as soon as possible in safe schools that have not been affected by the natural disaster.

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on child deaths in Gaza

12 September 2019 – “Last Friday, 6 September, two Palestinian children were killed during demonstrations at the fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel - Statement from UNICEF Executive Director.

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Sustainalytics and UNICEF publish investor guidance on integrating child rights into investment decision making

9 September 2019 – New guidance on how investors can assess the impact of their investments on child rights – and better understand how child rights can be better integrated into their investment analysis and decision making – has been published today by Sustainalytics and UNICEF.

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3,758 school backpacks laid at UN show grave scale of child deaths in conflict in 2018

8 September - A UNICEF installation to show the devastating scale of child deaths in conflict zones in 2018 was unveiled today at the United Nations in New York.

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Humanitarian plane with 1.5 tons of UNICEF supplies lands in Hurricane-hit Bahamas

7 September 2019 - Humanitarian plane with 1.5 tons of UNICEF supplies lands in Hurricane-hit Bahamas

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Children return to school in Ebola-affected regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

3 September 2019—Schools have reopened for an estimated two million children living in communities affected by the Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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Protecting children and engaging communities key to ending Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as deaths pass 2,000

30 August 2019 – Almost 600 children have now lost their lives to the Ebola outbreak in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) out of almost 850 who have caught the deadly virus since the epidemic started in August 2018.

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More than 1,100 unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Greece need urgent shelter and protection

29 August 2019 – The number of unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children, staying in dangerous and overcrowded Reception and Identification Centres on the Greek islands, and detention facilities across the country, now exceeds 1,100 – the largest number since the beginning of 2016 – UNICEF said today.

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G7 leaders must prioritise children in Syria as violence mounts in the northwest

23 August 2019 G7 leaders must prioritise children in Syria as violence mounts in the northwest. Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

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School closures in West and Central Africa triple since 2017, as education comes under fire across the region

23 August 2019 – More than 1.9 million children have been forced out of school in West and Central Africa due to an upsurge in attacks and threats of violence against education across the region, UNICEF said today in a new report.

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Mike Penrose to step down as Executive Director of Unicef UK

20th August 2019 - Mike Penrose to step down as Executive Director of Unicef UK

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