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Under-Five Deaths Show Robust Decline But Hurdles Remain

9th June 2010, Kathmandu  - With still five years left before the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals’ (MDGs) 2015 deadline to reduce under-five mortality rate by two-thirds from the 1990 level, a mid-term survey of Nepal Family Health Program (NFHP) II shows the country has already achieved the target. The MDGs are eight time-bound goals focusing on poverty and its different dimensions that all United Nations member states and several international organisations must achieve by 2015. According to the (NFHP) II, the country’s under-five mortality rate per 1,000 live births plummeted to 50 in 2009 from 162 in 1990, thus already meeting the 2015 target of bringing down the num...

Zuma announces Education Summit as Blatter confirms 1Goal as lasting World Cup Legacy

7th June 2010, South Africa - The 1GOAL Education Summit has been confirmed for July 7th with the commitment of President Jacob Zuma and FIFA President Sepp Blatter, ensuring that 1GOAL will be the lasting legacy of the World Cup. For the first time ever, a political summit will be hosted alongside a major international sporting event. The summit in Cape Town will offer world leaders the chance to draw up a roadmap to ensure that every child is in school by the time the 2014 FIFA World Cup takes place in Brazil. At a press conference in Pretoria, President Zuma said: "For us education has to be the most important spin off. As government we plan to host a 1Goal Education campaign summ...

UN and UNICEF urge all countries to adopt measures protecting children

25th May 2010, New York – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and other child-rights advocates came together at UNICEF headquarters in New York this morning, calling for all countries to take extra steps aimed at protecting children from violence and exploitation. Ten years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted two Optional Protocols supplementing the wide-ranging human rights protections of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, or CRC. The protocols offer additional protection for children who are vulnerable to armed conflict, or to being sold or exploited for purposes of prostitution or pornography Today’s UNICEF House panel was organized to c...

Save the Children launches The Future is Now report

11 May 2010, - Children and school buildings are increasingly becoming targets in conflicts across the world, warns Save the Children as one of the key findings of a report published today.The organisation finds that the risks of violence to schoolchildren in conflict-blighted areas are on the rise as schools are increasingly used as symbolic, easy targets by armed groups. These risks to children will continue to grow unless the international community takes urgent action to protect them from attack.The report - The Future is Now - points out that civilians now make up more than 90% of casualties in the world's conflicts and about half of those are children.It warns that education is under a...
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