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'The world needs science and science needs women,' says UN on new International Day

More than ever today, the world needs science and science needs women, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today, marking the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Special UN event mobilizes action towards ending female genital mutilation within 15 years

Marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), dozens of women, girls, experts, and United Nations officials gathered today at a special event at UN Headquarters to discuss ways of eliminating the harmful practice by 2030 and to celebrate the increased mobilization against it.

Senior UN officials urge elimination of ‘violent practice’ of female genital mutilation by 2030

The most senior United Nations officials are urging the world to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, calling it a “violent practice” that scars girls for life, endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential.

As flood of child refugees and migrants into Europe soars, UN calls for enhanced protection

Child protection systems across Europe are completely overwhelmed as the rate of youngsters in the flood of refugees and migrants has soared to one in three compared with one in 10 less than a year ago, the United Nations warned today, calling for strengthened steps to prevent exploitation and abuse.

UN chief announces first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment to provide leadership and mobilize concrete actions aimed at closing economic gender gaps that persist around the world.

Harsh winter poses additional hazards to child refugees and migrants arriving in Europe – UN

With children now accounting for more than one in three of the tens of thousands of refugees and migrants flooding into Europe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today voiced concern at the impact recent sub-zero temperatures and snowy conditions were having on them.

Ban names former Save the Children CEO as Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Justin Forsyth, a British national, as Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Yemen’s war-weary children face ‘new year of pain and suffering’ – UNICEF official

The ongoing deadly violence in Yemen has left nearly 10 million children facing threats of malnutrition and disease, lack of education, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative to the country warned today, calling for unhindered humanitarian access to all those in need and an end to the conflict.

Deprived of school, future of 24 million children in conflict zones under threat – UN report

Nearly 24 million children living in crisis zones in 22 strife-torn countries are being deprived of a school education, threatening their own future and that of their societies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today.