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Around 80 adolescents will die of AIDS every day by 2030, at current trends – UNICEF

29 November 2018 - Some 360,000 adolescents are projected to die of AIDS-related diseases between 2018 and 2030. This means 76 adolescent deaths every day – without additional investment in HIV prevention, testing and treatment programmes, UNICEF said in a new report released today.

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Urban children are more likely to die young and less likely to complete primary school than their rural peers—UNICEF

27 November 2018 – The poorest urban children in 1 in 4 countries* are more likely to die before their fifth birthday than the poorest children in rural areas. And the poorest urban children in 1 in 6 countries are less likely to complete primary school than their counterparts in rural areas, according to a new UNICEF report released today.

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ERIC COWELL TAKES OVER HIS DAD’S MUSIC EMPIRE THIS WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY

20th November 2018: Eric Cowell, age four, has today been spotted taking over his dad’s job for the day, as Simon Cowell and partner Lauren Silverman embrace World Children’s Day for Unicef UK – a day of action for children, by children – by allowing Eric to dress up as his famous father and make all of the decisions for the day.

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Up to 30 children reportedly killed in eastern Syria

16 November 2018 – “UNICEF is alarmed by recent reports of up to 30 children who have been killed in recent violence in Al Shafa village, in eastern Syria.

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Number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition across the Sahel reaches 10-year high

16 November 2018 – More than 1.3 million children under five years of age in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition across six Africa’s Sahel countries are expected to receive care in 2018 – the highest number in at least a decade.

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New protocol to protect uprooted children in Ecuador

6 November 2018 – The Government of Ecuador yesterday signed a new protocol for the protection of uprooted children, including those arriving from Venezuela. Led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility and the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion, the ‘Protocol for the assistance of children, adolescents and their families in contexts of human mobility in Ecuador’ establishes protection mechanisms for migrant children – both those coming alone or with their families – who have arrived without official documentation. UNICEF, working alongside with the Government, has advocated for this Protocol and provided technical assistance.

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Yemen: Children in Hodeidah hospital at imminent risk of death

6 November 2018 - “Intense fighting in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah is now dangerously close to Al Thawra hospital - putting the lives of 59 children, including 25 in the intensive care unit, at imminent risk of death."

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Report Card 15: National wealth does not guarantee education equality

30 October 2018 – Living in a rich country does not guarantee equal access to quality education, according to Report Card 15 from UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti. Children in less wealthy countries often perform better at school despite fewer national resources, the report says.

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Unicef UK's Response to Budget 2018

29th October 2018 - Amy Gibbs, Director of Advocacy at Unicef UK said: "Today’s Budget was a wasted opportunity by the Government to address the key issues impacting children’s rights to survive and thrive in the UK. Unfortunately, while it showed willing to focus on children’s needs with some funding for mental health and social care support, there are still significant shortfalls."

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Sulawesi Earthquake & Tsunami: One month on from the disaster, thousands of children still homeless, out-of-school and in need of humanitarian support

26 October 2018 – Almost a month after a deadly earthquake and tsunami struck Palu and the surrounding areas of the northwestern part of Sulawesi, Indonesia, an estimated 375,000 children remain in need of lifesaving supplies and services.

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UNICEF supports authorities in identifying separated and unaccompanied children in tsunami-affected areas

 5 October 2018: UNICEF and a team of social workers from the Ministry of Social Affairs have started the process of identifying separated and unaccompanied children. 

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UNICEF is concerned for safety of thousands of children following Sulawesi tsunami

1 October 2018 – Three days after the earthquake that shook the island of Sulawesi and the devastating tsunami that swept through Palu City, UNICEF says the situation for tens of thousands of children remains extremely precarious in the days ahead. Children in Palu, Donggala and other affected sites in Sulawesi need urgent help to recover. Many have lost their loved ones, homes, neighbourhoods and all things familiar in their lives.

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UNICEF teams up with Ebola survivors to help stop spread of deadly outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

28 September 2018 – Recent survivors of the Ebola virus and UNICEF are partnering to help prevent further transmission of the deadly disease in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As part of this effort, the survivors share their stories during public events and through public radio in Ebola-affected communities.

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Companies investing in urban emerging tech opportunities could change 2 billion lives and make up to $2 trillion in revenue according to Arm and UNICEF

20 September 2018 - Today, UNICEF releases findings of ground-breaking new research in collaboration with Arm, revealing that over 2 billion lives can be changed by investing in emerging cities across the world, while also generating up to $2 trillion in revenue by 2022.

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UNICEF concerned for children at risk, stands ready to support government response to Super Typhoon Mangkhut/Ompong

14 September 2018 – With Super-Typhoon Mangkhut expected to make landfall in Northern Luzon on Saturday, at least 5 million Filipinos are facing threats strong winds, heavy rains, flooding, landslides, displacement and risk loss to life, home, livelihood and agriculture. Nearly half of them are children.

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In the Caribbean, UNICEF works on developing resilience in children and communities on islands affected by hurricanes

September 12, 2018 – A year after two category 5 hurricanes caused destruction across parts of the Caribbean, most children in the affected countries are now back in school and have access to the services they need, thanks to the efforts of UNICEF and partners.

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Escalation of violence in Idlib could be deadly for children, UNICEF warns

7 September 2018 – A further escalation of fighting in Idlib, northwestern Syria, will put the lives of more than 1 million children at imminent risk, UNICEF said today. 

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More deadly attacks on children in Yemen

24 August 2018 – Statement from UNICEF's Executive Director, Henrietta H. Fore

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Statement by Unicef Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore on World Humanitarian Day 2018

19 August 2018 – "Today as we mark World Humanitarian Day, we pause to recognise the dedication and courage of our colleagues around the world, honour our colleagues who have lost their lives in the course of their work, and reavow our commitment to the many millions of children and young people in need of support and protection."

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