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Across more than 190 countries and territories, we do whatever it takes to help children survive, thrive and fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines, we support child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality education and skill building, HIV prevention and treatment for mothers and babies, and the protection of children and adolescents from violence and exploitation. Before, during and after humanitarian emergencies, UNICEF is on the ground, bringing lifesaving help and hope to children and families. Non-political and impartial, we are never neutral when it comes to defending children’s rights and safeguarding their lives and futures. And we never give up.

"The highlight of my time in university was when I had the chance to create tech solutions for issues that women and gir...
06/18/2021

"The highlight of my time in university was when I had the chance to create tech solutions for issues that women and girls face," says 23-year-old Ewurafua from Ghana.

Girls need - and deserve - an education that equips them with the knowledge and tools to equally and actively participate in society. We must reimagine education systems to give all girls the opportunity to learn and excel in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

"The highlight of my time in university was when I had the chance to create tech solutions for issues that women and girls face," says 23-year-old Ewurafua from Ghana.

Girls need - and deserve - an education that equips them with the knowledge and tools to equally and actively participate in society. We must reimagine education systems to give all girls the opportunity to learn and excel in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Parents need support. Yet, affordable, quality childcare is inaccessible in many of the world’s wealthiest countries. As...
06/18/2021

Parents need support.

Yet, affordable, quality childcare is inaccessible in many of the world’s wealthiest countries. As COVID-19 continues to push many families into difficult circumstances, we’re calling on governments to invest in policies that ensure caregivers have the time, resources and services they need to give children the best start in life.

Parents need support.

Yet, affordable, quality childcare is inaccessible in many of the world’s wealthiest countries. As COVID-19 continues to push many families into difficult circumstances, we’re calling on governments to invest in policies that ensure caregivers have the time, resources and services they need to give children the best start in life.

Climate change has and will continue to lead to higher temperatures, more dramatic weather events, more crop failures, i...
06/17/2021

Climate change has and will continue to lead to higher temperatures, more dramatic weather events, more crop failures, increased water scarcity, the damage and destruction of key services for children, as well as injury and death.

Inaction is not an option, we need climate action now.

Climate change has and will continue to lead to higher temperatures, more dramatic weather events, more crop failures, increased water scarcity, the damage and destruction of key services for children, as well as injury and death.

Inaction is not an option, we need climate action now.

06/17/2021
"We will overcome."

13-year-old Astitwa shows us how he's keeping safe and active during the COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal.

Baby Angesom wasn't born at home. She wasn't born in a hospital. She was born in a classroom after her mother fled bruta...
06/17/2021

Baby Angesom wasn't born at home. She wasn't born in a hospital. She was born in a classroom after her mother fled brutal violence in #Tigray, Ethiopia.

Since the start of the conflict over 1.6 million people – including over 720,000 children – have been internally displaced.

As families face the impact of COVID-19 and conflict, UNICEF is calling for an immediate end to hostilities so children like Angesom can receive lifesaving vaccines, nutrition and health care.

“Where are the girls?” A question we shouldn't be asking when stepping into a classroom.Girls’ education has made massiv...
06/17/2021
Where are the girls and why it matters as schools reopen? - UNICEF Connect

“Where are the girls?” A question we shouldn't be asking when stepping into a classroom.

Girls’ education has made massive strides over the years but COVID-19 school closures risk reversing these gains and could drive 20 million more secondary school-aged girls out of classrooms.

We can't let this happen - and we know what it takes to make sure it doesn't. We have the commitments. We have the tools. Where are the girls? They’re here, ready to learn. We must act now to protect their futures and protect every girl’s right to education.

Although girls’ education has made massive strides, school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic risk reversing these gains.

UNICEF treated 4 million children for severe acute malnutrition in humanitarian situations in 2020.We’ll continue to get...
06/16/2021

UNICEF treated 4 million children for severe acute malnutrition in humanitarian situations in 2020.

We’ll continue to get things done for every child, even in the face of a crisis like COVID-19.

UNICEF treated 4 million children for severe acute malnutrition in humanitarian situations in 2020.

We’ll continue to get things done for every child, even in the face of a crisis like COVID-19.

One-year-old Zewila is devouring a peanut-based food designed to help him recover from malnutrition in Tigray, Ethiopia....
06/16/2021

One-year-old Zewila is devouring a peanut-based food designed to help him recover from malnutrition in Tigray, Ethiopia. He’s receiving treatment at a UNICEF-supported health centre, yet because of brutal conflict, thousands of children are missing out.

Since the start of the crisis, nine aid workers have been killed and lifesaving nutrition, health and water supplies have been blocked.

As families face the double impact of COVID-19 and conflict, UNICEF is calling for rapid, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access so UNICEF and partners can safely reach every child.

One-year-old Zewila is devouring a peanut-based food designed to help him recover from malnutrition in Tigray, Ethiopia. He’s receiving treatment at a UNICEF-supported health centre, yet because of brutal conflict, thousands of children are missing out.

Since the start of the crisis, nine aid workers have been killed and lifesaving nutrition, health and water supplies have been blocked.

As families face the double impact of COVID-19 and conflict, UNICEF is calling for rapid, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access so UNICEF and partners can safely reach every child.

During the first few years of life, a child’s brain develops at a never-again-repeated speed - making more than 1 millio...
06/16/2021
How children can develop toxic stress

During the first few years of life, a child’s brain develops at a never-again-repeated speed - making more than 1 million new neural connections every second.

Repeated exposure to stressful situations can derail a child’s ability to learn, grow and form healthy relationships.

Why chronic pressure can harm a child’s growth, and how to avoid it

🔎 Head over to IG and check out our new filter! ➡️ https://uni.cf/3gxxB1KHelp us amplify the voices of inspiring young g...
06/16/2021

🔎 Head over to IG and check out our new filter! ➡️ https://uni.cf/3gxxB1K

Help us amplify the voices of inspiring young girls across the globe who are shattering the digital divide.

🔎 Head over to IG and check out our new filter! ➡️ https://uni.cf/3gxxB1K

Help us amplify the voices of inspiring young girls across the globe who are shattering the digital divide.

06/15/2021
Crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia

It’s a desperate situation for families and children in the conflict-ravaged region of Tigray in Ethiopia. This is why.

If your child is struggling to remember skills they had mastered before COVID-19, such as toilet training and sleeping, ...
06/15/2021
Is my child regressing due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

If your child is struggling to remember skills they had mastered before COVID-19, such as toilet training and sleeping, they are not alone.

Check out our practical advice on helping your little one work through these difficult experiences.

If you’re noticing regression with your children, you’re not alone

06/15/2021
"We're in this together."

Kristal, 21, tells us what she's lost, and what she's learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic in India.

Prolonged COVID-19 school closures have a significant impact not just on children’s learning and skills development, but...
06/15/2021
School reopening can’t wait

Prolonged COVID-19 school closures have a significant impact not just on children’s learning and skills development, but also on their physical and mental health.

Joint op-ed by Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific and Karin Hulshof, UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific

Six-month-old Kalkidan was rushed to a UNICEF-supported health centre by her mother Yeshialem amidst a brutal conflict i...
06/14/2021

Six-month-old Kalkidan was rushed to a UNICEF-supported health centre by her mother Yeshialem amidst a brutal conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia.

After a desperate and uncertain four days battling severe malnutrition, baby Kalkidan is finally showing signs of recovery.

Up to 33,000 children remain trapped in inaccessible parts of Tigray, severely malnourished and facing imminent death without immediate help.

In a conflict-response made even more complex by the pandemic, UNICEF is calling for an urgent cessation of hostilities so families can receive lifesaving support and begin to rebuild their lives.

Six-month-old Kalkidan was rushed to a UNICEF-supported health centre by her mother Yeshialem amidst a brutal conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia.

After a desperate and uncertain four days battling severe malnutrition, baby Kalkidan is finally showing signs of recovery.

Up to 33,000 children remain trapped in inaccessible parts of Tigray, severely malnourished and facing imminent death without immediate help.

In a conflict-response made even more complex by the pandemic, UNICEF is calling for an urgent cessation of hostilities so families can receive lifesaving support and begin to rebuild their lives.

This is how teens in eastern Ukraine are restoring their local forest after it was devastated by wildfires last year.
06/14/2021
Youngsters team up to restore forest in eastern Ukraine after fire

This is how teens in eastern Ukraine are restoring their local forest after it was devastated by wildfires last year.

Thanks to a skills-building project from UNICEF, teenagers in eastern Ukraine are restoring their local forest after it was devastated by wildfires

Thank you to all our supporters for calling on G7 leaders to urgently share COVID-19 vaccines with lower-income countrie...
06/14/2021

Thank you to all our supporters for calling on G7 leaders to urgently share COVID-19 vaccines with lower-income countries. This weekend they’ve pledged to donate 1 billion vaccines! 👏

Yet more is needed, faster.

As the pandemic rages on, as the virus mutates, as global vaccine availability remains low, we urge all G7 countries to #DonateDosesNow.

Only together can we end this pandemic.

Thank you to all our supporters for calling on G7 leaders to urgently share COVID-19 vaccines with lower-income countries. This weekend they’ve pledged to donate 1 billion vaccines! 👏

Yet more is needed, faster.

As the pandemic rages on, as the virus mutates, as global vaccine availability remains low, we urge all G7 countries to #DonateDosesNow.

Only together can we end this pandemic.

Play is all about learning and bonding.Explore the science behind helping your child grow and develop.
06/14/2021
The science of play

Play is all about learning and bonding.

Explore the science behind helping your child grow and develop.

It’s not just fun – it’s fundamental to your child’s development

"I will have a sweet future one day and I need to be at school to secure it," says 11-year-old Ghina in Za'atari refugee...
06/14/2021

"I will have a sweet future one day and I need to be at school to secure it," says 11-year-old Ghina in Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan, on the importance of education.

Globally, 20 million additional secondary school-aged girls could drop out due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Getting every girl back into the classroom is vital. No child should be denied the right to learn - and the chance of a better future. Sustained action on education is now a matter of urgency.

"I will have a sweet future one day and I need to be at school to secure it," says 11-year-old Ghina in Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan, on the importance of education.

Globally, 20 million additional secondary school-aged girls could drop out due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Getting every girl back into the classroom is vital. No child should be denied the right to learn - and the chance of a better future. Sustained action on education is now a matter of urgency.

Millions of children don’t have access to handwashing facilities with soap and water - one of the most effective ways to...
06/13/2021
One of the best defences against coronavirus

Millions of children don’t have access to handwashing facilities with soap and water - one of the most effective ways to prevent COVID-19.

UNICEF is working to provide every child with a local source of safe water no matter who or where they are.

How UNICEF is equipping families and communities with soap and clean water to protect themselves against COVID-19

Supplies save lives. Despite massive disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our supply chains for children did not st...
06/13/2021
Supply Annual Report 2020

Supplies save lives.

Despite massive disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our supply chains for children did not stop working for a single day and we procured a record $4.468 billion worth of supplies and services in 2020 alone.

Extraordinary operation at scale

06/13/2021
Together in the race to end COVID-19

As India continues to grapple with COVID-19, 15-year-old Maahir shares with us his hobbies and a special message to the world: “We need the world to come together. We need to fight as one.”

Gulshan’s goal? To develop her first mobile app.UNICEF's Girls in Science programme is helping girls, like 14-year-old G...
06/13/2021

Gulshan’s goal? To develop her first mobile app.

UNICEF's Girls in Science programme is helping girls, like 14-year-old Gulshan from Kyrgyzstan, to co-design solutions to the challenges they face and access the opportunities they seek. The world needs to listen – and support them.

Gulshan’s goal? To develop her first mobile app.

UNICEF's Girls in Science programme is helping girls, like 14-year-old Gulshan from Kyrgyzstan, to co-design solutions to the challenges they face and access the opportunities they seek. The world needs to listen – and support them.

“My name is Hussein, I am 10 years old. I have been working at a mechanic’s workshop for two years. I’ve only been to sc...
06/12/2021

“My name is Hussein, I am 10 years old. I have been working at a mechanic’s workshop for two years. I’ve only been to school for one month, then I stopped going. I had to go earn a living. I dream of opening my own shop one day, I would earn better money and have my own workers. My older brothers left us [and went to] another country, so I had to work to help my family. I don’t know where they are now.”

Children and families in Syria are facing unprecedented economic hardships after years of conflict, and now the COVID-19 pandemic. Worldwide, the number of children in child labour has risen to 160 million – an increase of 8.4 million children in the last four years. We must come together and redouble our efforts in the global fight to end child labour.

“My name is Hussein, I am 10 years old. I have been working at a mechanic’s workshop for two years. I’ve only been to school for one month, then I stopped going. I had to go earn a living. I dream of opening my own shop one day, I would earn better money and have my own workers. My older brothers left us [and went to] another country, so I had to work to help my family. I don’t know where they are now.”

Children and families in Syria are facing unprecedented economic hardships after years of conflict, and now the COVID-19 pandemic. Worldwide, the number of children in child labour has risen to 160 million – an increase of 8.4 million children in the last four years. We must come together and redouble our efforts in the global fight to end child labour.

It’s World Day Against Child Labour.Whatever the cause, child labour compounds social inequality and discrimination, and...
06/12/2021
Child labour

It’s World Day Against Child Labour.

Whatever the cause, child labour compounds social inequality and discrimination, and robs girls and boys of their childhood. We must end child labour once and for all.

Nearly 1 in 10 children are subjected to child labour worldwide, with some forced into hazardous work through trafficking

“Girls should be encouraged to remain in school," says 18-year-old Jennifer from Ghana. Every child has the right to go ...
06/12/2021

“Girls should be encouraged to remain in school," says 18-year-old Jennifer from Ghana.

Every child has the right to go to school and learn. Yet, many girls are still being deprived of this right. We urge G7 leaders to take immediate and sustained actions to reimagine education and build a brighter future for every girl.

“Girls should be encouraged to remain in school," says 18-year-old Jennifer from Ghana.

Every child has the right to go to school and learn. Yet, many girls are still being deprived of this right. We urge G7 leaders to take immediate and sustained actions to reimagine education and build a brighter future for every girl.

06/12/2021
No vaccine slots available

“I tried registering my mother... no slots available.”

16-year-old Aabhas and his family are facing a relentless struggle as COVID-19 surges in India.

Over 1 billion people in South Asia remain unvaccinated. As world leaders meet at the G7 summit, UNICEF is calling on members to urgently donate vaccines.

06/12/2021
We must end child labour once and for all

It’s World Day Against Child Labour.

The number of children in child labour has risen to 160 million worldwide, with millions more at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We must redouble our efforts to get children out of the workforce and back into school. 👉 https://bit.ly/3va2YV7

Every girl has the right to learn. UNICEF calls on G7 leaders to prioritise and invest in girls’ education and skills de...
06/12/2021

Every girl has the right to learn.

UNICEF calls on G7 leaders to prioritise and invest in girls’ education and skills development. Together, we can help girls unlock 21st century careers and achieve their full potential.

Every girl has the right to learn.

UNICEF calls on G7 leaders to prioritise and invest in girls’ education and skills development. Together, we can help girls unlock 21st century careers and achieve their full potential.

Ishani, a 15-year-old Voices of Youth blogger from India, has an important message to share: no one is safe until everyo...
06/11/2021
Why vaccine dose sharing is important

Ishani, a 15-year-old Voices of Youth blogger from India, has an important message to share: no one is safe until everyone is safe.

"Countries that have an excess supply must share the vaccine doses. If the vaccines are provided to the needy, not only will the virus strains reduce but also will drastically reduce the number of deaths, saving millions."

Donate doses now.

See more blogs Human Rights Why vaccine dose sharing is important June 8, 2021 By Ishani kadu Like16 Comments Like16Comments PostSubmit a post Image Image Credit © UNICEF/UN0458586/Singh People queue up to get inoculated with a dose of Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a school-turned-vaccination cen...

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