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UN rights expert urges Saudi Arabia to use economic plan to bolster women’s rights

An independent United Nations expert today urged Saudi officials to use their bold new plan for economic transformation to improve the human rights of women and the poor.

Turkey: UNICEF cites risk of 'lost generation' of Syrian children despite enrolment increase

More than 40 per cent of Syrian refugee children in Turkey are missing out on education, despite a sharp increase in enrolment rates, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today.

Amid outpour of sympathy, UN emergency responders aid bombed Nigerian camp

United Nations humanitarian helicopter and emergency medical personnel are in north-eastern Nigeria following a military airstrike that hit a displacement camp killing dozens of people, including aid workers, and wounding a reported 100 others.

Ongoing violations of child rights highlighted as UN monitoring body opens annual session

Children face the ongoing violations of their rights worldwide, including poverty, violence and discrimination against them, a senior United Nations human rights official told the body that monitors implementation of a global treaty on the matter.

UN agencies assess dire hygiene, protection needs for women in Syria’s war-ravaged Aleppo

The health, hygiene and protection needs of women and girls displaced in Aleppo are staggering, the United Nations has observed, voicing concern for civilians in the Syrian city that has endured intense fighting for about four years.

More must be done to assist, protect freezing refugees and migrants in Europe – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency is urging European authorities to step up support and security for refugees migrants facing harsh winter conditions, particularly amid reports that people have frozen trying to enter or move across Europe.

UN agency renews call for protecting children after deadly attacks in Yemeni capital

At least one girl has been killed and four others injured in attacks near a school outside the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, leading the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to renew its call on the people involved in the country's conflict to protect children and stop attacks on civilian structures.

UNICEF #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign promotes investments in early childhood development

Today marks the launch of a new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) campaign, #EarlyMomentsMatter, aimed at raising awareness about the critical impact that early experiences have on children’s brain development during their first 1,000 days of life.

Effective tobacco policies could save eight million lives and $1 trillion annually, UN reports

Smoking and tobacco use cost world economies more than $1 trillion each year in healthcare and lost productivity, the United Nations health agency today reported, refuting claims that controls on tobacco products adversely impact economies.

Thousands of Afghan children face acute malnutrition amid ‘unprecedented’ displacement – UN

Despite attempts to increase food aid in Afghanistan, children bear the brunt of the country’s nutritional crisis, the United Nations humanitarian arm today reported, warning that the ongoing fighting has also led to record number of children at risk of abuse and exploitation.