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Central African Republic: Surge in violence and displacement threatens thousands of children already affected by humanitarian crisis and COVID-19

22 January 2021 - UNICEF warns that armed conflict could lead to higher rates of malnutrition and violations of children’s rights .

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UN agencies warn economic impact of COVID-19 and worsening inequalities will fuel malnutrition for billions in Asia and the Pacific

The economic impact of COVID-19 on the world’s most populous region is threatening to further undermine efforts to improve diets and nutrition of nearly two billion people in Asia and the Pacific who were already unable to afford healthy diets prior to the pandemic, says a new report published today by four specialized agencies of the United Nations.

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UNICEF, WHO, IFRC and MSF announce the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile

The four leading international health and humanitarian organizations announced today the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile to ensure outbreak response. 

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on attacks against villages in Niger

Such wanton violence and disregard for the lives of children and families must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. These heinous acts are grave violations of children’s rights and of international humanitarian and human rights law. UNICEF calls for the immediate cessation of attacks against children, their families and communities.

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New Year’s Babies: Over 2,000 children will be born in the UK on New Year’s Day - UNICEF

An estimated 2,054 babies will be born in the UK on New Year’s Day, according to UNICEF.

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UNICEF appoints the singer Yara Regional Ambassador

26 December 2020 - UNICEF appointed today the singer Yara Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa.

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UNICEF launches the coronavirus vaccine market dashboard

21 December 2020 – As the designated COVAX procurement coordinator and procurement agent, UNICEF has launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Market Dashboard – an interactive tool for countries, partners and industry to follow the developments of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 vaccine market and the efforts of the COVAX Facility to ensure fair and equitable access for every country in the world.

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Mozambique: Malnutrition and deadly diseases threaten 250,000 displaced children in Cabo Delgado province as the rainy season starts – UNICEF

22 December 2020 – Approximately 250,000 children have been displaced by the escalating crisis in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado and are now at risk of deadly diseases as the rainy season sets in, UNICEF warned today.

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UNICEF outlines plans to transport up to 850 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines per month on behalf of COVAX, in ‘mammoth and historic’ logistics operation

18 December 2020 - UNICEF could potentially transport up to 850 tonnes of coronavirus vaccines per month in 2021, should such quantities become available, according to a new assessment. This is more than double the average weight of vaccines UNICEF transports every month.

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UN agencies’ alarm at worsening hunger in South Sudan

18 December 2020 – Three United Nations organizations are calling for immediate humanitarian access to parts of South Sudan’s Pibor County in Jonglei State, where people have run out of food and are facing catastrophic levels of hunger according to a new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report released today.

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Unicef UK statement on funding of UK food programmes

17 December 2020 - Unicef UK statement on funding of UK food programmes

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Death threats and gang violence forcing more families to flee northern Central America – UNHCR and UNICEF survey

Death threats, gang recruitment, extortion and other forms of targeted violence are driving more families in northern Central America to flee their homes and seek safety in other countries, a new UNHCR and UNICEF survey reveals today.

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UNICEF on standby to support Government of Fiji to reach families affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasa

17 December 2020 – UNICEF is on standby to support the Government of Fiji to respond to the urgent needs of families affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasa, a category five cyclone barreling down on Fiji tonight, expected to affect more than 850,000 Fijians.

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Millions of children in Tigray remain out of reach, despite access agreement - UNICEF

15 DECEMBER 2020 – “Some 2.3 million children in Tigray, Ethiopia, remain cut off from humanitarian assistance amid continuing violence since the beginning of November.

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Teachers should be prioritised for vaccination against COVID-19

UNICEF is calling for teachers to be prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, once frontline health personnel and high-risk populations are vaccinated. This will help protect teachers from the virus, allow them to teach in person, and ultimately keep schools open.

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UNICEF Statement on school attack in north-western Nigeria

13 December 2020 - Statement by UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa Marie-Pierre Poirier on school attack in north-western Nigeria.

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Child poverty set to remain above pre-pandemic levels for at least five years in high-income countries - UNICEF

Child poverty is expected to remain above pre-pandemic levels for at least five years in high-income countries according to a new report by UNICEF. Only 2 per cent of government-provided financial relief across OECD and EU countries was allocated specifically to support children and families raising children during the first wave of the coronavirus. 

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UK youth justice system risks breaching children’s rights, says Unicef UK

8 December 2020 – A new report from Unicef UK finds that the UK youth justice system is failing children.

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