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At UN-backed forum, Latin American, Caribbean nations pledge robust efforts against child labour

At a United Nations-backed regional conference held in Lima, Peru, 25 Latin American and Caribbean countries today announced the launch of an initiative that bolsters efforts to combat child labour, and achieve the goal of total eradication by 2020.

Marking World Day, UN spotlights rural women as ‘force’ that can drive global progress

Rural women are key agents for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development, the United Nations declared ahead of the International Day commemorated as an opportunity to promote their empowerment.

South Sudan: UN envoy, Government agree on steps to tackle widespread sexual violence

Back from her first visit to South Sudan, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura warned today that sexual violence is a consistent characteristic of the conflict there, and is being perpetrated by all the parties.

Ahead of International Day of the Girl Child, UN urges end to violence against women, girls

The United Nations has paid tribute to the almost one billion young and adolescent girls living around the world as many of them continue to face daily challenges to their development and overall diminished potential due to the enduring scourge of gender discrimination and violence.

UN envoy on sexual violence warns rapes in South Sudan will 'haunt' generations

The horrors of sexual violence in South Sudan did not end with the ceasefire agreement, a senior United Nations official today said calling on citizens of the world's youngest country to stand together and say “enough is enough.”

UNICEF welcomes release of 70 Kurdish children after 120 days in captivity

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today welcomed the release of 70 Kurdish children, who were kidnapped in May while traveling from their home-town of Ai’n Al Arab in the northern Syrian governorate of Aleppo to take their final school examinations.

Syria: UN child rights envoy ‘appalled’ by deadly school attacks in Homs

The United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui today condemned the school attacks in Syria, which reportedly killed over 39 people, 30 of whom were children between age six and nine.

Improving health of women, children ‘moral imperative’ – Ban

Lauding the gains made in improving the health of women and children worldwide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for renewed commitment and action to sustain the unprecedented progress made in this area in partnership with governments, civil society, the private sector, philanthropists and international organizations.

Despite ongoing crisis, UN hails ‘significant progress’ in helping Syria’s children

Efforts to reach and assist Syrian children affected by that country’s nearly four-year-long conflict are making headway, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) declared today, adding that much work remained to be done as an entire generation of Syrian youth continues to be at risk.

UN experts urge real dialogue with children about their rights, decisions that affect them

A group of United Nations independents experts today called on governments to make renewed efforts to ensure that children’s views are heard and taken into account.