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CAMP ATTACK WILL NOT DETER WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT BY GAZA’S CHILDREN – UN

New York, Jul 28 2011 - The United Nations has condemned an attack on its summer camp facility in Gaza and vowed that an attempt by thousands of Palestinian children to break a world record for kite flying will go on as planned today.According to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), 10 men attacked and vandalized the facility in north-west Gaza early Thursday. The attackers damaged a large billboard, burnt a UN flag and torched part of the stage.None of the UN security personnel at the venue was harmed, the agency added. “We condemn this attack, which is an attack on the children of Gaza as much as on the United Nations,” UNRWA spokesperson Chri...

UN Security Council adopts Resolution protecting schools and hospitals from attacks

NEW YORK, 12 July 2011 – UNICEF welcomes the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous adoption of Resolution 1998, which recognizes schools and hospitals as safe havens for children. The resolution calls for all parties that attack such facilities to be held accountable. “These horrific attacks are not only a violation of international and humanitarian law, they are a violation of our common humanity,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director. “Today, the Security Council has taken a major step toward ending the culture of impunity and protecting children at their most vulnerable.” The new resolution recognizes attacks against schools and hospitals as a grave vi...

Africa: Millions of Girls in Poor Countries Have only a 50/50 Chance of Finishing Primary Education

13 July 2011 Millions of girls are being forced out of school because of poverty, the threat of sexual violence and poor-quality schools – despite improved enrolment rates, according to a new report released today by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and RESULTS.The report calls for governments and international financial institutions to redress the balance and give girls a fair deal. In the last decade more girls have been able to start school but they remain more likely than boys to be forced out again. In some parts of the world only one girl in ten will complete primary school.Even when education is accessible and free there are other problems, such as recruiting female teachers ...

Civil Society Unifies Position Ahead of Aid Summit

10 July 2011 - Civil society groups say they want to have a stronger voice in setting the development agenda ahead of a key global summit on aid effectiveness later this year.Civil society organisations, or CSOs, gathered in Siem Reap, Cambodia in late June in what was the conclusion of a two-year consultation process to develop principles on how such groups can take a larger role in making development meaningful. The Global Assembly of the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness aimed to consolidate the position of civil society groups ahead of high-level international aid meetings in Busan, South Korea, later this year. "There is an increasing recognition of civil society as an essent...

AFRICA’S CHILDREN DESERVE MORE PROTECTIVE ENVIRONMENTS, UNICEF SAYS

New York, Jun 16 2011 - African governments need to provide “more protective environments” to keep children safe and free from harm and exploitation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urged today. Marking the annual Day of the African Child, UNICEF issued a <"http://www.unicef.org/media/media_58938.html">statement calling on “governments to strengthen support systems, which provide the basis for a more protective environment in families and communities to keep children safe and strengthen families through the provision of basic social, health and education services.”“Thousands of children in Africa are experiencing violence, exploitation and abuse on a daily basi...

Tanzania: Nation Moving Towards Children Protection System

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 4th July 2011 — United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on governments in the Sub Saharan region to strengthen support systems, which provide the basis for a more protective environment in families and communities to keep children safe and strengthen families In sub-Saharan Africa, approximately 50 million children have lost one or both parents, almost 15 million of them due to HIV/ Aids. The region, accordingto UNICEF has the highest rates of child labour in the world, with more than one-third of children aged five to 14years being engaged in the hardest forms of labour. Some of them are forced to grow up on their own, with limited or no ...
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