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UN champions children as ‘fundamental building blocks,’ marking 25th anniversary of historic treaty

As countries around the world celebrate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations family today hailed the landmark treaty as a powerful human rights tool, while taking stock of the long-standing disparities that must be addressed to propel actions for the well-being of all children into the future.

Leveraging innovation key to advancing progress on child rights – UNICEF

Despite progress in advancing child rights over the past 25 years, including a marked reduction in the number of children dying before the age of five and increased access to education and clean water, urgent action is needed to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report.

UN spotlights children’s rights as world gears up to mark 25th anniversary of landmark treaty

As the global human rights community readies to celebrate tomorrow the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations committee charged monitoring with its implementation highlighted the right of children to actively participate – and not just be heard – in discussions that affect their lives and communities.

UN Asia-Pacific forum opens meeting to advance gender equality

More than 700 representatives from governments, inter-governmental organizations, UN bodies and civil society in Asia and the Pacific began meeting today to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment with the keynote speaker highlighting the urgency of eliminating violence against women and girls.

With right investments, world’s adolescents can help economies soar – UN report

The 1.8 billion adolescents worldwide – more than ever before in human history – can help to propel their countries’ economies, provided that Governments invest in education, health care and jobs for them, a new report released today by the United Nations shows.

Bollywood icon appointed as first-ever male UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations body focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment today announced that it has appointed its first male Goodwill Ambassador ever – Bollywood superstar, Farhan Akhtar – who will focus his efforts on South Asia.

Afghanistan: UN expert calls for sustainable measures to address violence against women

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, has called on the Government of Afghanistan and the international community to adopt sustainable measures to address the causes and consequences of gender-based violence in the country.

Marking World Pneumonia Day, UN calls for greater efforts in preventing child deaths

Although significant declines in child deaths from pneumonia demonstrate that strategies to defeat the disease are working, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stressed today that much more is needed to stop hundreds of thousands of children from succumbing to the preventable illness as it marked the fifth World Pneumonia Day.

UN mission finds no evidence confirming alleged mass rapes in north Darfur town

After being granted access yesterday to investigate allegations of the mass rape of 200 women and girls in a town in North Darfur, Sudan, the African Union-United Nations hybrid mission has said that its team found no evidence confirming the claims and received no information regarding the purported acts.

Attacks on children 'horrific reminder' of terrible price they pay in conflict – UNICEF

Two deadly attacks on children in Ukraine and Syria on the same day this week serve as a “horrific reminder” of the terrible price youngsters are paying in these brutal wars, the United Nations children's agency said today as it urged all conflict parties to keep children out of harm's way.