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Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra meets Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh camps

24 May 2018 – Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra has called for more support for vulnerable Rohingya refugee children and women following a four-day trip to refugee camps and informal settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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UNICEF UK responds to Government's new clean air strategy, published today

22 May 2018 - Unicef UK responds to a new Clean Air Strategy, published today by Environment Secretary Michael Gove. The strategy sets out the UK Government's ambition to become a leader in reducing human exposure to particulate matter pollution and forms part of a 25 year plan to improve the state of our environment.

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Barcelona and England Star Toni Duggan Kicks Off the Soccer Aid Playground Challenge for Unicef

21 May 2018 – Barcelona Femeni star and England Women’s International Toni Duggan visited an international school in Catalunya to launch the Soccer Aid Playground Challenge for Unicef

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UNICEF mobilizes hundreds of community workers to fight Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

18 May 2018 – Scaling up in response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UNICEF, with the Government of DRC and partners, is mobilizing hundreds of community workers to raise awareness among children and families on how to protect themselves against the disease. The community workers will also play a crucial role in providing communities with information on the Ebola vaccination campaign, due to start next week.

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UNICEF finds 770,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition in Kasai, DR Congo

11 May 2018 – 770,000 children in DRC's Kasai suffering from acute malnutrition, including 400,000 severely malnourished and at risk of death.

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The King Is Back! United Legend Cantona Coming Home To Old Trafford With Soccer Aid For Unicef

Friday 11th May – Manchester United legend Eric Cantona will make a stunning Old Trafford return on Sunday 10th June to take part in Soccer Aid for Unicef.

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Attacks on Education Worsening Globally, Study Shows

May 10, 2018 – Deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on schools and universities, their students, and staff have become more widespread over the last five years, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) said in the 2018 edition of its flagship report, released today.

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Aid workers released unharmed in South Sudan

Ten aid workers who had been detained by an armed group since Wednesday, 25 April, outside of South Sudan’s Yei town were released today.

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Robbie Williams Unveils Five England Legends on St George’s Day for Soccer Aid Match

Monday 23rd April – Robbie Williams chose St George’s Day to announce a huge boost for his England team ahead of the Soccer Aid for Unicef match on June 10th at Old Trafford.

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Legendary DJ Paul Oakenfold To Provide Soccer Aid Soundtrack

20th April 2018 – Global DJ Paul Oakenfold has composed and donated brand new music that will feature in the credits and celebrity announcements of Soccer Aid for Unicef this year. 

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Statement on Safe Schools Declaration by Mike Penrose, Unicef UK Executive Director

19 April – We wholeheartedly welcome the UK government’s endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration today. UNICEF has been working to end the shameful use of schools as a weapon of war.

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Kevin Pietersen to Play Against England in Soccer Aid For Unicef Match at Old Trafford

16th April 2018 – Kevin Pietersen, one of the greatest batsmen in English cricket history, today makes a sensational change of allegiance as he announces he will play for the Soccer Aid World XI side against England in this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef match on ITV.

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Soccer Aid Goes Dutch As Stam, Van Der Sar And Kluivert All Sign-Up To Play At Old Trafford

12th April 2018 – Three of Holland’s most decorated players have announced they will take part in Soccer Aid for Unicef this summer. Patrick Kluivert will make his debut for the Soccer Aid World XI, with Jaap Stam returning at the heart of the defence in front of goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar who has also starred previously.

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Paddy McGuinness, Yaya Touré and Michael Owen to Play in Soccer Aid for Unicef Match at Old Trafford

9th April 2018 – ITV presenter Paddy McGuinness has joined Premier League winners Yaya Touré and Michael Owen as the latest star names to confirm they will play in the Soccer Aid for Unicef match at Old Trafford, on Sunday 10th June.

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Mark Wright makes heroic return to England in Soccer Aid for Unicef match at Old Trafford in June

6th April 2016 - Mark Wright makes return to England in Soccer Aid for Unicef match at Old Trafford in June as UK Government matches every pound raised

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Olly Murs to Receive Fifth Cap for England In Soccer Aid for Unicef Match at Old Trafford in June

29th March 2018 – Olly Murs, singer songwriter and all-round TV favourite, shared his excitement with fans today at being picked for Robbie’s England, for the fifth consecutive time, in this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef match on ITV.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits Indonesia to meet children tackling violence and bullying in the classroom

28 March 2018 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Indonesia this week to meet children who have experienced classroom violence and bullying, and to see how 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund is supporting anti-bullying programmes in schools.

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Brendan Cole Swaps Dancing Shoes for Football Boots as he Prepares for ITV Debut in Soccer Aid for Unicef Match at Old Trafford in June

27th March 2018 – Brendan Cole, former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer and TV personality, has today announced he will be taking part in this year’s eagerly anticipated Soccer Aid for Unicef match on ITV.

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1 million children in Idlib at increased risk due to violence and Reports of 17 children killed in Idlib, in north west Syria

23 March 2018-  Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa, said: “The war on children in Syria continues relentlessly and with no mercy.

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