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UNICEF's Latest Data Reveal Disparities, Show Need to Innovate to Advance Children's Rights

NEW YORK, 30 January 2014 – Declaring that 'every child counts', UNICEF today urged greater effort and innovation to identify and address the gaps that prevent the most disadvantaged of the world's 2.2 billion children from enjoying their rights.

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UNICEF: More children than ever growing up healthy, educated and protected, but too many falling between the cracks

GENEVA 30 January 2014 - Clear progress has been made for the 96 million children in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia over the past 25 years but critical gaps remain, UNICEF says at today`s launch of its first State of the World`s Children in Numbers report.


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UNICEF statement on the loss of staff members in the Kabul bombing


NEW YORK , 18 January 2014 – Less than one year ago, UNICEF paid tribute to colleagues who have lost their lives for the sake of a better future for all children, with a memorial at UNICEF House. Today, with great sadness and anger, we must add two more names to that list of heroes. 

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Syrian children celebrate first school reports in UNICEF-built camp school


January 24th was a day of great excitment for 2,544 Syrian children living in the Islahiye tent city in Turkey’s Gaziantep province - and another small milestone in UNICEF’s efforts to ensure that young Syrians who have fled the violence in their country are able to continue their education.



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Syrian kids' love of football reduces the severity of their traumas

Ayberk Yurtsever


ISLAHIYE, Turkey, January 2014 - With the bell still echoing in the corridors of the Islahiye Camp school, recently built by UNICEF and the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), a group of Syrian children gather excitedly on the football field outside the nearby Child Friendly Space. First, UNICEF cyan-blue schoolbags are left by the goalposts or on the back of the nets. Then the teams are chosen. Within seconds, the match is under way.



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Children's rights boosted as UN body now able to hear individual complaints

GENEVA (14 January 2014) – Children whose rights have been violated will soon be able to complain to a key UN Committee after a new legal instrument on the rights of the child  was ratified by the required 10 countries.
Costa Rica became on 14 January* the 10th country to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention  on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, meaning that it will take effect in three months.  

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New child rights legal instrument strengthens the right of children to be heard

UNICEF joined children’s rights advocates around the world today in applauding the news that children will soon be able to file complaintswith the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, securing their right to make their voices heard.  The Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communication Procedure expressly protects the right of children to redress violations of their rights.  With ratification on 14 January by Costa Rica, the critical legal instrument will enter into force in April 2014. 

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Global champions and $1 billion investment needed to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children

NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 — UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, World Vision and other partners today called for governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria and support the “No Lost Generation” strategy, which aims to provide those affected by the conflict with the chance to shape a more stable and secure future.

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