11 December Nearly 230 million children under the age of five have not had their births officially recorded, excluding them from education, health care and social security, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today reported.
4 December Despite significant progress in meeting international development goals for women’s empowerment, gaps in key areas remain, which require a renewed effort from all partners to better integrate gender issues into the overall quest for sustainable development, a United Nations gender equality official said today.
3 December Global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people in efforts to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and adolescents.
29 November The United Nations entity tasked with advancing gender equality today applauded the appointment of two women to the team negotiating between Colombian authorities and the rebel group known as the FARC.
29 November Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan suffer from widespread psychological distress, with many of them living alone or separated from their parents, and most receiving no education and involved in illegal labour, according to a new report by the United Nations refugee agency.
27 November The United Nations today called on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to take immediate action in light of alarming reports of disappearance and assassination of children and youth that coincide with a Government operation to tackle delinquency in Kinshasa.
26 November Former child soldiers and girls used as sex slaves in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) desperately wish to be reunited with their communities – to return to school or get jobs ¬ a United Nations envoy said today, urging authorities to seize every opportunity to better protect children affected by conflict-related violence.
25 November Today is an opportunity for each person to recommit to ending the harm being committed against one out of three women, senior United Nations officials said marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
23 November Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, more than 3.2 million women and girls of reproductive age are still in need of urgent care and protection, the United Nations population agency today said, launching an appeal for $30 million to provide services and aid during the next six months.
20 November Drawing a direct link between violence against children and poverty, United Nations officials marked Universal Children’s Day with a call to make child protection a priority in the global development agenda for the decades to come.