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5 December 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the millions of young volunteers around the world who are acting globally for social change, marking this year's International Volunteer Day.
November 29, 2013
GENEVA — The United Nations warned Friday that many Syrian children are suffering from psychological stress, are not in school, and are living separately from parents as a result of the nearly three year-long crisis.
SEOUL: North Korea has increased food production for a third straight year, but malnutrition remains widespread, UN agencies say, voicing particular concern over stunting in children.
Failures in the state distribution system means families increasingly rely on unofficial markets and bartering to feed themselves, according to a nationwide assessment published yesterday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme.
Renewed commitment needed in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and for key populations.
GENEVA, 20 November 2013—Accelerated progress has been reported in most parts of the world. However, there are worrying signs that some regions and countries are not on track to meet global targets and commitments on HIV.
MATSAPHA – Violence against children has become one of the biggest challenges faced by the country.
This has prompted UNICEF and Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) to reaffirm their commitment in strengthening systems that protect children.
Children in the country experience all forms of abuse, physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological abuse resulting in serious consequences and in the process damaging their health and development.
Early this week, this newspaper reported on a case of two children who were stabbed by their father's rival around Matsapha.
Making his speech during the Day of Prayer and Action for Children on Wednesday at Esibayeni Lodge, Deputy Prime Minister Paul Dlamini said a study has confirmed that violence against children especially female was highly prevalent. "The violence often occurs in places that should provide safety such as home and school and lately some sporadic cases from the church environment," he said.
The DPM said it was encouraging to note that Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) have shown commitment to child protection.
He applauded UNICEF for the support they have been rendering towards supporting initiatives by FBOs.
UNICEF Deputy Representative Muriel Mafico said they have been working with religious groups to advocate for children on a wide variety of issues including education, health, HIV/AIDs awareness, violence and abuse issues.
Mafico said as Swaziland joins the rest of the world to celebrate the 2013 World Day of Prayer; she was pleased to note that for the past three years FBOs have continued to take action and deliver programmes for children in their various constituencies. "Our partnership has grown as reflected by the wide range of partners," she said.
Liberia, on Wednesday (Nov 20), joined the rest of the world to commemorate the Universal Children's Day - the 24th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child - with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stating that four children were being raped daily in the country.
(Vatican Radio) As the world marks Universal Children's Day - the anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child - UNICEF is urging a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country and at every level of society who are victims of violence and abuse that continue to go unnoticed and under-reported.
ROADTOWN Tortola BVI, November 20th, 2013 - The children of the Joyce Samuel Primary School received prayers for their safety and protection in observance of World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
NEWS RELEASE: Celebrating the 6th World Day, Religious and Secular Groups Band Together to Stop Violence against Children
New York, 20 November 2013 – The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children is celebrating today its sixth annual World Day by bringing together secular and faith-based organizations to work to stop violence against children. Over 90 activities have been organized in at least 50 countries thus far.
By Mahamisha Habib The citizen
Dar es Salaam.The Global Network for Religion and Children's (GNRC) is providing training for religious leaders, involving various organisations in an effort to combat violence against children.
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