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Billions risk being without access to water and sanitation services by 2030

Without an urgent injection of cash, billions globally are at risk of still being without lifesaving access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services by 2030,...

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‘Remain vigilant’ against malicious technologies that could imperil future generations

With over 4.6 billion internet users around the world, digital advances continue to revolutionize human life, but “we must remain vigilant” in the face of malicious technologies...

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Spanking can worsen a child's behavior and do real harm, study finds

Physical punishment does not appear to improve a child's positive behavior or social competence over time, according to a review of 69 studies from the US, Canada, China, Colombia,...

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No place for children in conflict, UN chief tells Security Council

The disregard for children’s rights amid war and upheaval “is shocking and heartbreaking”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday during a high-level open debate in...

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Violence against smuggled migrants widespread, but justice is lacking: UN report

Migrants smuggled across borders are often subjected to extreme violence, torture, rape and kidnapping, whether in transit or in captivity, but authorities take little action to...

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Syrian refugee girls face 'dangerous' child marriage trend, says charity

Syrian refugee girls are increasingly at risk of child marriage due to a surge in pandemic-linked poverty, legal loopholes and long-term displacement in countries across the Middle...

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DR Congo: Grave consequences for children witnessing ‘appalling violence’, UNICEF reports

The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, appealed on Thursday for urgent resources to support thousands of people who have fled armed violence in two small towns in the eastern part of the...

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Link between education and well-being never clearer, UN pushes for ‘health-promoting’ schools

With school closures triggered by COVID-19 disrupting both education and access to nutritious meals, two UN agencies on Tuesday launched new measures to help improve the well-being...

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Grave violations against children in conflict ‘alarmingly high’, latest UN report reveals

More than 19,300 boys and girls affected by war last year were victims of grave violations such as recruitment or rape, and the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for experts to...

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One in every 100 dies by their own hand, each suicide ‘a tragedy’ – WHO

New research published by the UN health agency on Thursday revealed that suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide – taking more lives each year than HIV, malaria...

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Guterres: Bring crimes of sexual violence in conflict out of ‘the shadows’, punish perpetrators

Sexual violence in conflict “reverberates down generations” and threatens both human and international security, the UN chief said on Thursday in his message for the International...

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‘Digital dumpsites’ study highlights growing threat to children: UN health agency

The health of children, adolescents and expectant mothers worldwide is at risk from the illegal processing of old electrical or electronic devices, the World Health Organization (...

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Ethiopia conflict: 33,000 Tigray children risk death from hunger - UN

About 33,000 severely malnourished children in the Tigray region of Ethiopia are at high risk of death, the UN children's agency Unicef has warned. Tigray has been devastated by...

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Child labour figure rises to 160 million, as COVID puts many more at risk

For the first time in two decades, the number of children being put to work has risen – to 160 million worldwide, representing an increase of 8.4 million over four years – while...

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New WHO guidance aims to stamp out rights violations in mental health services

New guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), published on Thursday, calls for providing mental health care that respects human rights and focuses on recovery.  Globally,...

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