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More funding needed to tackle child labour in agriculture says UN, marking World Day

The number of children working in agriculture has increased by 10 million since 2012, which is why on Wednesday’s World Day Against Child Labour, the UN agency for the sector is...

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Sudan: ‘Violence must stop’, says UNICEF chief, ‘gravely concerned’ over 19 child deaths since military backlash

At least 19 children have reportedly been killed in Sudan and another 49 injured since a military backlash against protesters began earlier this month, prompting the head of the UN...

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Around 23 million boys have married before reaching 15; ‘we can end this violation’ says UNICEF chief

An estimated 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children, 23 million of them before the age of 15, according to the first-ever analysis on child grooms,...

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Togo failing in mission to eradicate child labor, says U.N. rapporteur

 Child labor is still widely accepted in Togo and the government is not doing enough to stop it, said the U.N. Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery in an interview on...

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Four million have now fled Venezuela, UN ramps up aid to children who remain

The number of people who have left Venezuela to escape the country’s ongoing political and economic crisis, has reached some four million, the UN announced on Friday.

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U.N. finds 115 million 'child grooms' with Central African Republic topping list

About 115 million boys were married off as children with one in five wed before they turned 15, according to the first United Nations’ study to track the prevalence of child grooms.

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Togo failing in mission to eradicate child labor, says U.N. rapporteur

Child labor is still widely accepted in Togo and the government is not doing enough to stop it, said the U.N. Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery in an interview on...

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Schools reckon with social stress: 'I'm on my phone so much'

High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-...

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‘Catastrophic’ healthcare costs put mothers and newborns at risk

Pregnant women are putting their lives and their babies at risk because of “catastrophic” and prohibitive healthcare costs before, during and after childbirth, UNICEF said on Monday.

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In Lebanon, teenage tobacco use is skyrocketing

Tobacco use by teenagers in Lebanon has risen by 10 to 15 points of percent over the past 10 years, a staggering increase, according to a census conducted in Lebanese schools by...

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On the Global Day of Parents, UNICEF is urging support for parents to give children ‘the best start in life’

Kicking off on Saturday the first-ever global Parenting Month, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is calling on world leaders to invest in family-friendly policies that...

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60,000 children die every year from second hand smoke

Tobacco use continues to claim around eight million lives a year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, in a call for faster action from governments to tackle...

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Millions at risk of child labor in manufacturing hubs, say researchers

Child labor is an “extreme risk” in one in 10 countries globally, found an index on Thursday, urging businesses to be more vigilant about abuses in their global supply chains.

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In Afghanistan, attacks against schools have tripled in one year

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday that much greater protection for educational facilities was needed across Afghanistan where attacks against schools have increased...

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Factbox: From marriage to murder, one in four robbed of childhood globally

The number of children who are married, pregnant, laborers, die violently or miss out on school has fallen by almost 30% to 690 million since 2000, when nations endorsed global...

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