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Increase in child and adolescent mental disorders spurs new push for action by UNICEF and WHO

5 November 2019 - Up to 20 per cent of adolescents globally experience mental disorders, and around 15 per cent of adolescents in low-and middle-income countries have considered suicide

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Governments should repatriate foreign children stranded in Syria before it’s too late

4 November 2019 – “The latest escalation in northeast Syria brings a renewed urgency for governments to repatriate foreign children stranded in the area before it is too late.

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Unicef UK responds to Wellcome Sanger and University of Amsterdam research on the long-term effects of measles on the immune system

1 November 2019 - Liam Sollis, Head of Policy at Unicef UK responded to the Wellcome Sanger and University of Amsterdam research, which states that measles causes long term damage to the immune system, leaving children vulnerable to other infections.

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UNICEF AND PADDINGTON TO CELEBRATE THE FESTIVE SEASON

London, 29 October 2019 – Paddington™ is the Champion for Children’s rights at Unicef since 2017. Thanks to this partnership, Unicef has teamed up once again with Paddington to celebrate the festive season with an exciting range of products including a brand-new set of advent calendars.

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Unicef UK appoints Nick Roseveare as Interim Executive Director

Unicef UK has appointed Nick Roseveare MBE as its Interim Executive Director.

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490,000 children affected by devastating floods in South Sudan

25 October 2019 - An estimated 490,000 children are affected by heavy flooding in South Sudan, UNICEF warned today. Exceptional heavy rain since July, have affected some 908,000 people in 32 counties.

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UNICEF and partners provide vaccination against polio and measles for nearly 232,000 children in Syria and Iraq, many affected by latest violence northeast of Syria

25 October 2019 – UNICEF and partners have provided polio and measles vaccines for approximately 230,000 children under the age of five in Al-Hasakeh governorate, northeast of Syria.

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Seven children reported killed and scores injured as violence continues in Libya

22 October 2019 – Statement from UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, on the impact of violence on children in Tripoli.

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SOCCER AID FOR UNICEF 2019 RAISES RECORD-BREAKING £7.9m WITH 2020’S MATCH RETURNING TO OLD TRAFFORD

16 October 2019 - Soccer Aid for Unicef today announced that the 2019 campaign raised a record-breaking £7.9m – with 100% of the money going towards Unicef’s vital work around the world saving lives and helping children grow up happy, healthy and able to play.

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Poor diets damaging children’s health, warns UNICEF

15 October 2019 - An alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor diets and a food system that is failing them, UNICEF warned today in a new report on children, food and nutrition.

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Nearly 70,000 children displaced as violence escalates in northeast Syria

14 October 2019 - Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

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1 in 4 young women in Latin America and the Caribbean is in union or married before age 18

PANAMA, 11 October 2019 - The region will reach the second highest rates in the world in 2030 if the situation is not reversed

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Burkina Faso - Deteriorating humanitarian conditions in northern and central parts of the country

11 October 2019 - Summary of what was said by Meritxell Relaño, UNICEF Deputy Director of Emergency Operations, at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations, following an inter-agency mission to Burkina Faso on 1-4 October.

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UNICEF update: The situation of children in northeast Syria

11 October 2019: Updated information on the situation for children in North-east Syria.

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UNICEF launches Cryptocurrency Fund

NEW YORK, 9 October 2019 – UNICEF will now be able to receive, hold and disburse donations of cryptocurrencies ether and bitcoin, through its newly-established UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund. In a first for United Nations organizations, UNICEF will use cryptocurrencies to fund open source technology benefiting children and young people around the world.

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Youth propose climate actions in Costa Rica global conference

7 October 2019 - Around 70 young people kicked off a new regional climate challenge - 1,000 actions for change - today in the presence of the Vice President of Costa Rica, Epsy Campbell Barr.

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