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One in three UK children live in toxic air zones, according to new Unicef research

21 June 2018 - Young children and babies in the UK are being disproportionately impacted by deadly levels of the most harmful type of air pollution, according to new analysis by Unicef UK. The charity has revealed that one in three children in the UK (4.5 million) are growing up in areas with unsafe levels of particulate pollution. This includes 1.6 million of all children aged five and younger, and 270,000 babies under one living in the most toxic air zones.

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Rugby League World Cup 2021 Partners With Unicef UK

19 June 2019 - Rugby League World Cup 2021 today announced a new ground-breaking partnership with Unicef UK who have become the official charity of the tournament.

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2 in 3 infants live in countries where dads are not entitled to a single day of paid paternity leave – UNICEF

14 June 2018 – Almost two-thirds of the world’s children under 1 year old – nearly 90 million – live in countries where their fathers are not entitled by law to a single day of paid paternity leave, according to a new UNICEF analysis.

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Stars of Soccer Aid for Unicef Welcomed to 10 Downing Street for Reception with Prime Minister Theresa May

Wednesday 6th June 2018 – Today the Prime Minister welcomed the stars of this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef, including former Olympic athletes Usain Bolt and Soccer Aid co-founder Robbie Williams to a reception at 10 Downing Street.

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Ongoing conflict leaves nearly half of children in Afghanistan out of school

3 June 2018 – Nearly half of children aged between 7 and 17 years old – 3.7 million – in Afghanistan are missing out on school, according to the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children: Afghanistan Country Study released today.

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UNICEF responds to Home Affairs Committee report on Immigration

Amy Gibbs, Unicef UK's Director of Advocacy, responds to today's report on Immigration by the Home Affairs Committee.

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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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