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MILLIONS OF CHILDREN TO BENEFIT FROM UN PARTNERSHIP TO TRAIN SCHOOL PRINCIPALS

New York, 22 Sept 2011 - The United Nations educational agency has embarked on a new partnership to train thousands of school principals, beginning in Kenya, Ghana and India, that has the potential to benefit up to 10 million children in the future.The initiative by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Varkey GEMS Foundation, a not-for-profit education organization, is known as the “10,000 Principals Leadership Programme.” “This partnership is an excellent example of the new platforms for cooperation the world needs today to achieve education for all,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, adding that tackling complex, global challenges requi...

SUBSTANTIAL DROP IN CHILD MORTALITY AROUND THE GLOBE, UN FIGURES REVEAL

New York, 15 Sept 2011 - The number of young children who die each day has plunged over the past two decades, new United Nations figures show, but the world is still lagging far behind in efforts to achieve its target for reducing child mortality.The latest estimates, issued by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO), indicate that the number of children under the age of five who perish each year fell from more than 12 million in 1990 to about 7.6 million last year.That decrease means about 12,000 fewer children are dying each day than they were two decades earlier.Greater access to health care, particularly in remote areas, broader immunization coverage ...

GAPS BETWEEN BOYS AND GIRLS IN DEVELOPING WORLD WIDEN AS THEY GET OLDER – UN REPORT

New York, 13 Sep 2011-  A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlights significant gaps in areas such as education and health, mostly favouring males, as boys and girls in developing countries grow older.“While there is little difference between boys and girls in early childhood with respect to nutrition, health, education and other basic indicators, differences by gender appear increasingly more pronounced during adolescence and young adulthood,” said Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. The report, which was presented today in New York, is the most comprehensive compilation to date of sex-disaggregated statistics on children and young people...

UN ENVOY UNVEILS RECOMMENDATIONS ON ENSURING JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN IN CONFLICT

New York, 12 Sept 2011 - The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today stressed that children are victims and not perpetrators of war and unveiled recommendations that address the needs and rights of minors as victims, witnesses or perpetrators of violence during warfare in an effort to ensure justice for them.“States are increasingly arresting and detaining children associated with armed groups, either because they are a threat to national security or because they have participated in hostilities,” <"http://www.un.org/children/conflict/english/pr/2011-09-12269.html">said Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Arm...

NORWAY: Ombudsman proposes setting minimum age for male circumcision

02 Sept 2011 - Norway’s Children’s Ombudsman, Reidar Hjermann has proposed that a minimum age of 15 or 16 be set for ritual male circumcision to respect children’s best interests and their right to self-determination on religious and health matters. Under Norwegian law, children are able to make decisions about religion at the age of 15, whilst 16-year-olds can make decisions about their health. Hjermann says that his proposal has been met with negative reactions from religious leaders who say it is an affront to their freedom of religious expression. “The age limit is effectively a ban for those of us who circumcise our children on the eighth day. Circumcision is an ...

LITERACY VITAL FOR OVERCOMING POVERTY AND DISEASE AND REINFORCING STABILITY – UN

New York - 08 Sept 2011 - With nearly 800 million people unable to read or write, the United Nations today marked International Literacy Day with a warning that illiteracy undermines efforts to eliminate a host of social ills such as poverty and sickness and threatens the very stability of nations.“The costs are enormous,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a <"http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2011/sgsm13769.doc.htm">message. “Illiteracy exacerbates cycles of poverty, ill-health and deprivation. It weakens communities and undermines democratic processes through marginalization and exclusion. These and other impacts can combine to destabilize societies.”This year’s Day is ...
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