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Cities are failing children, UNICEF warns

NEW YORK, 28 February 2012 – Urbanization leaves hundreds of millions of children in cities and towns excluded from vital services, UNICEF warns in The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban WorldGreater urbanization is inevitable. In a few years, the report says, the majority of children will grow up in towns or cities rather than in rural areas. Children born in cities already account for 60 per cent of the increase in urban population.

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Ministers join forces towards child-friendly justice in Turkey

22.02.2012, ANKARA - The Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, as well as several other partners such as the Justice Academy of Turkey, are joining forces to roll out a 3,15 Million “Justice for Children” project, funded by the EU and supported by UNICEF, to enhance the protection of children’s rights within the justice system.
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UNICEF statement on children caught in the bloodshed in Syria


NEW YORK, 7 February 2012 – Nearly eleven months of violence in Syria have led to the deaths and injuries of hundreds of children. There are reports of children being arbitrarily arrested, tortured and sexually abused while in detention. Over the past few days, reported heavy shelling by government forces of civilian neighbourhoods in the city of Homs is undoubtedly causing further suffering for more children.



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Turkey boosts UNICEF humanitarian appeal for children in 2012

ANKARA, 2 February 2012 - Turkey is joining forces with UNICEF to ensure that children are protected in emergencies by appealing for US$1.28 billion to fund the UN body`s humanitarian operations in 2012 assisting more than 25 countries globally.
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Children put their mark on the drafting of Turkey's new constitution

ANKARA, Turkey 1 February, 2012 — Turkey is at pivotal point in the country`s history. Parliamentarians are poised to make fundamental changes to their constitution and children will have a rare chance to leave their stamp on it.
A two-day consultation, Children`s  Opinion on the Process for a New Consultation,  began this week bringing together 162 children from child rights committees from all provinces, organized by the Ministry of Family and Social Policy, the Parliament and UNICEF Turkey.

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