News by topic: Women, Children, Population

Hailing Somalia’s ratification, UN renews call for universalization of child rights treaty

2 October – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led a chorus of United Nations officials in hailing Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and in renewing the call for the last remaining country that has yet to join the treaty to do so.

Over 500 children dead, 1.7 million at risk of malnutrition owing to Yemen violence – UN

2 October – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today underscored the devastating toll six months of violence has taken on the children of Yemen, where at least 500 have lost their lives and more than 1.7 million are at risk of malnutrition.

Closing ‘vast’ gender gap, ending child marriage key priorities, Ghanaian President tells UN

30 September – Spotlighting the importance his country places on gender equality, the President of Ghana told the United Nations General Assembly today that a major priority will closing the “vast” gaps between men and women through, among other efforts, providing decent education for girls and working to end child marriage.

UNICEF advocate Orlando Bloom urges protection of refugee and migrant children

29 September – Actor and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Orlando Bloom called for greater protection for tens of thousands of refugee and migrant children on the move in Europe.

Global Goals cannot be achieved without ensuring gender equality and women’s empowerment – UN chief

27 September – As world leaders continued their Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals, UN Women and China co-hosted a landmark event today on gender equality and women’s empowerment at which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared that the new Global Goals could not be achieved “without full and equal rights for half of the world’s population, in law and in practice.”

Business leaders pledge investments worth millions to boost gender equality – UN

26 September – Top global companies and foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Unilever, are committing millions of dollars to promote gender equality as they gather at a United Nations event in New York.

UN launches $25 billion strategy to end preventable deaths of mothers and children

26 September – The United Nations today launched an ambitious public-private strategy to end preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents, with initial commitments of more than $25 billion for the next five years to provide life-saving treatments, from immunizations to perinatal care.

UNICEF and David Beckham unveil digital installation to help bring voices of youth to General Assembly

24 September – A unique installation that brings the voices of children and young people to the heart of the United Nations General Assembly was unveiled today by top UN officials, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham and youth representatives from an initiative called ‘Voices of Youth.’

Thousands of women on the move in Europe need reproductive healthcare – UN

22 September – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today stressed the need to ensure women refugees and migrants moving across Europe have access to life-saving sexual and reproductive healthcare, as it appealed for $4.2 million for humanitarian assistance.

International push needed to end child rights violations in Yemen – UN official

21 September – Describing the current situation in Yemen as “beyond tragic” for all affected by the hostilities, a senior United Nations official said it is “ever more important” for both the Security Council and the international community to promote political dialogue aimed at ending violations against children.