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Italy passes law to protect unaccompanied refugee and migrant children

ROME / GENEVA, 29 March 2017 - UNICEF welcomes the Italian Parliament for passing an historic law to boost support and protection for the record number of foreign unaccompanied and separated children who arrived in Italy – nearly 26,000 in 2016. With nearly 2,000 foreign children arriving on the Mediterranean in the first two months of 2017, the upward trend in arrivals is expected to continue this year making this law timely and relevant.

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27 million people lack safe water in countries facing or at risk of famine

29 March 2017 – Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

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UNICEF and partners assist more than 145,000 people in famine-hit areas of South Sudan

28 March 2017 - UNICEF - together with the World Food Programme and other partners - has delivered life-saving assistance to 145,000 people, including 33,000 children under the age of five.

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21st Century Skills for All: UNICEF and Pearson Launch Educational Partnership for Children

28TH MARCH 2017 - UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, and Pearson, the world’s learning company, are partnering to support marginalised youth in Myanmar and Vietnam.

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Time is running out for children as famine, drought and war threaten millions

28 March 2017 - UNICEF says children can’t wait, with urgent request for more than £200 million to respond to immediate needs in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen

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Unicef UK comment on International Development Committee report on UK Aid spending

28 March 2017 - Sol Oyuela, Director of Public Affairs, Unicef UK, says: “We welcome findings from today’s cross-party report which shows UK aid is being spent effectively.

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Families turning to extreme survival measures as war hits two year mark

27 March 2016 – After two years of brutal conflict, families in Yemen are increasingly resorting to extreme measures to support their children, said UNICEF in a report released today as the war in the Middle East’s poorest country enters its third year.

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Statement from Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake following visit to Iraq

22 March 2017 – “I leave Iraq at a time when the country is facing significant challenges and opportunities. Yet everywhere I visited, children and their families told me of their dreams and their determination to make them real.”

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Nearly 600 million children will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040

22 March 2017 – Some 600 million children – or 1 in 4 children worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040.

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South West neonatal units lead the way in achieving Unicef Baby Friendly standards

20 March 2017 - New funding from the South West Neonatal Network will help all neonatal units in the region to achieve the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative award.

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One year on after EU-Turkey statement the human cost to refugee and migrant children mounts up

17 March 2017 – One year after the Balkan border closures and the EU-Turkey Statement which were aimed at stopping mass migration flows, refugee and migrant children face greater risks of deportation, detention, exploitation and deprivation, says UNICEF.

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Sachin Tendulkar Appointed UNICEF and Cricket for Good Ambassador

LONDON/NEW DELHI, 8 March 2017 - On International Women’s Day, The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reaffirmed its commitment to the Spirit of

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Unicef UK Ambassador Martin Bell Meets Refugee Children As Syria Crisis Hits Six Years

15 March 2017 - Martin Bell, veteran BBC reporter and Unicef UK ambassador, visited Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley where he met Syrian children trying to rebuild their lives.

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STATEMENT ON IMPACT ON CHILDREN OF NEW LAW IN HUNGARY

9 March 2017 – Unicef is alarmed by the adoption of a new law in Hungary that foresees the mandatory detention of refugee and migrant children over 14 years of age.

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Response to parliamentary vote on ensuring local authority capacity for refugee children from Europe

7 March 2017 - Responding to today’s vote on ensuring local authority capacity for refugee children from Europe, Lily Caprani, Deputy Executive Director at Unicef UK, said: “It’s hugely disappointing that the Government did not listen to the many MPs who wanted the UK to do more for vulnerable refugee children in Europe. Thousands of unaccompanied refugee children have arrived on European shores and now face an uncertain future.

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Response to Parliamentary Vote on Unaccompanied Children in Greece and Italy

1 March 2017 - Today’s vote shows overwhelming cross-party support for the UK doing the right thing for vulnerable refugee children in Europe. Ahead of a major vote on an amendment next week which would ensure the Government must work to ensure more local authority capacity for refugee children, this is a clear signal that Conservative MPs and all of Parliament want the Government to do more to protect unaccompanied children.

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SOCCER AID RAISES RECORD AMOUNT FOR UNICEF’S WORK FOR CHILDREN

23 December 2017 - Unicef UK can today announce that Soccer Aid 2016, broadcast exclusively on ITV, has raised a record-breaking £6.6 million for its life-saving work for children.

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