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Recent News

30-07-2014 | Khaleej Times
Myanmar to Launch Birth Registration Pilot Project
"With technical and financial support from the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) and the European Union (EU), the pilot project for birth registration will be implemented in 44 townships, Xinhua reported. The Myanmar government has decided to launch a birth registration week in three states as a pilot project before a nationwide coverage to ensure all births are registerd. "
30-07-2014 | UNICEF Press Centre
No Safe Place for Children in Gaza
"As the hostilities enter their twenty-first day, the number of children dying is growing. More than 1,000 Palestinians have been reported killed so far, of whom around 230 were children – more than 10 a day. The youngest child killed was only 3 months old.Nearly 2,000 children have been injured in the narrow coastal enclave, where half the population is under 18.“The physical and psychological toll that the violence is having on people is almost indescribable,” says Pernille Ironside, Chief of the UNICEF field office in Gaza"
28-07-2014 | La Vanguardia
The Humanitarian Warehouse
"The survival of thousands of people driven from their homes due to war or natural disasters relies on the effectiveness of humanitarian aid. Speed and innovation are key factors when addressing emergencies when delivering medicines, water, food or therapeutic stores on time. The modern UNICEF warehouse ​​in Copenhagen is the world's largest storehouse hosting this type of material."
28-07-2014 | Berlingske Article
Danish Innovation to Save Lives in Developing Countries
"Last year there was an estimated 1.1 million children who died from pneumonia. That corresponds to a child dying of the diesase every half minute. This makes pneumonia the disease that kills the most children under the age of five worldwide. Although pneumonia is easy to diagnose in Denmark, it is still a challenge in developing countries. In connection with the international pneumonia day on Tuesday, UNICEF seeks to find a solution to the problem. The UNICEF Supply Division’s Innovation Team is based in Denmark and it is one among other Danish minds that wishes to solve the problem."   
25-07-2014 | Thomas Reuters Foundation
Bolivia's new law allowing child labour at 10 breaches international conventions - UNICEF
" A new law in Bolivia lowering the legal working age from 14 to 10 years old could drive poverty and school drop-out rates and breaches international conventions on child labour, says UNICEF.The law, which came into effect earlier this month, allows 10-year-olds to work as long as they attend school, are under parental supervision and are self-employed.Two exceptions in the law caused particular concern, said Joost Kooijmans, UNICEF’s senior advisor on child labour.“The exception for children to work at 10 years for self-employment is not possible under ILO (International Labour Organization) conventions as such. The other exception that allows children to work at 12 years with parental consent also does not live up with Bolivia’s obligations under the convention,” Kooijmans told Thomson Reuters Foundation by telephone from New York."
25-07-2014 | PBS Newshour
"No Safe Places" for Children in Gaza
"The conflict has been getting steadily worse by the day, and we’re now into our 15th day here.And with each one, the civilian casualty rate has only mounted. Amongst those, children are bearing the greatest brunt of this terrible conflict at the moment. There’s over 168 children who have died already. And we’re now over 1,100 children who have been seriously injured, maimed and even terribly burned.The physical and psychological toll that this is having on people"
24-07-2014 | Time Magazine
700 Million Women Were Child Brides UNICEF Says
"More than one in three women in 2014 (some 250 million) were married before they were 15, the data says. Some 700 million women alive today were married before they were 18.And while girls are one third less likely to experience female genital mutilation (FGM) today than they were 30 years ago, more than 130 million girls and adult women have experienced FGM in the Middle East and Africa, according to information released as part of UNICEF’s first-ever Girl Summit with the UK Government."
24-07-2014 | UNICEF Stories
Video: Made with Code Launch Party
"Erica Kochi, co-founder of UNICEF Innovation, talked at Made with Code launch party two weeks ago about how she was inspired to use code to empower young people to speak out about what affect their lives."
23-07-2014 | UNICEF Stories
Vjing: Engaging Ugandan Youth In Technology For Development
"At a youth center in the slum area of Kamwokya, Venas was performing a live dubbing of media content in the local language over a microphone. This is a style of entertainment popularly known as VJing in Uganda. VJs, short for Video Jockey, are professional performers that translate and narrate over foreign films in makeshift shacks all over the country. But instead of Hollywood movies, youths at this youth center were VJing to re-narrate a UNICEF cartoon. WeDub is an electronic device that brings the technology behind VJing accessible to youths. What was discovered with bringing this technology was that instead of passively consuming technology, youths wanted to actively make technology on their terms, and define their own interactions with others. This is the reason why weDub is so powerful."  
23-07-2014 | All Africa
Africa: No Time to Lose - New Unicef Data Show Need for Urgent Action On Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage
"The UK Government and UNICEF are hosting today a first-ever Girl Summit to rally support for much faster progress to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage - two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe.According to the newly-released data:More than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of FGM in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the harmful practice is most common. Beyond extreme physical and psychological pain, girls who undergo FGM are at risk of prolonged bleeding, infection, infertility and death"
22-07-2014 | UNICEF Innovation
UNICEF SD Innovation unit is Looking for a Research Intern
Innovation at UNICEF is not new and there are many innovation projects being conducted by specialists across the organisation. The Innovation Unit’s role is to work with the different Supply Division (SD) centres, offering support and assistance to efficiently develop ideas and concepts into procurable solutions for UNICEF’s worldwide programmes. Each project requires a vast amount of research and analysis of the current and future market, hence the requirement of this internship. More information on the type of innovation projects led by UNICEF Supply Division can be found at www.unicefinnovation.org  The Innovation Unit at UNICEF Supply Division seeks an Intern for a six month period starting, mid-September 2014. 
22-07-2014 | UNICEF Innovation
UNICEF SD Innovation Unit is Looking for a Communication Intern
In 2012 SD launched a new website www.unicefinnovation.org, a platform to communicate challenges, projects and case studies the teams in UNICEF are facing. The website is used by UNICEF’s country offices, regional offices and headquarters and aims to share the organisation’s work with audiences including private sector, academia, NGO’s and other UN agencies. Based in Copenhagen, the main purpose of the position is to support the Innovation Unit in the communication of UNICEF’s stories of innovation, in collaboration with specialists based in UNICEF’s HQ and global country offices through existing platforms and social media.  The Innovation Unit at UNICEF Supply Division seek an intern for a six month period starting mid-September, 2014. 
22-07-2014 | The Guardian
17 Ways to Take your Innovation to Scale
"Our expert panel give their top tips on taking a great technology idea from pilot phase to a reach of millions."
21-07-2014 | UNICEF Stories
“It Can Work Anywhere” – Mobistation – A Force For Change In Emergency Situations
Fighting in South Sudan has once again sent thousands into neighboring countries including Uganda. Jacob Opio, a Programme Officer for UNICEF Uganda oversees UNICEF programmes at Rhino Camp, a refugee settlement in Northern Uganda.This procedure can take up to 3 weeks – time spent at the transit site, which has no facilities to educate children who then end up “sitting from morning to morning doing nothing” as Jacob puts it. “MobiStation is a tool that can work anywhere, if we bring MobiStations here, with all the educative messages and videos stored inside, we should be able to make a difference in these kind of settlements.” 
18-07-2014 | UNICEF Media Advisory
Girl Summit: Ending Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage Within a Generation
"What: UNICEF to co-host an international summit with the UK Government to rally a growing movement to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and child marriage. UNICEF will release new data and projections on FGM/C and child marriage. The international summit will bring together leaders from across the world, including government representatives, international organizations, the private sector and girls themselves to rally action to end FGM/C and child marriage for all girls, everywhere."
18-07-2014 | UNICEF
The State of the World's Children Report 2013: Children with Disabilities
"The 2013 edition of The State of the World’s Children is dedicated to the situation of children with disabilities. The report examines the barriers – from inaccessible buildings to dismissive attitudes, from invisibility in official statistics to vicious discrimination – that deprive children with disabilities of their rights and keep them from participating fully in society. It also lays out some of the key elements of inclusive societies that respect and protect the rights of children with disabilities, adequately support them and their families, and nurture their abilities – so that they may take advantage of opportunities to flourish and make their contribution to the world."
17-07-2014 | UNICEF Press Centre
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on impact of violence on children in Gaza and Israel
"Children are bearing the brunt of the worsening violence in Gaza and Israel with at least 33 children killed in Gaza in recent days, and hundreds more injured.No child should have to suffer the terrifying impact of such violence.The violence is taking a shocking toll on children both physically and psychologically, with alarming consequences for future chances of peace, stability and understanding. Too often children who witness such violence, and come to view it as "normal", are likely to repeat it themselves in later life."
17-07-2014 | UNICEF Stories
Video: Mobistation Attracts Youth in Kampala
"MobiStation is a solar-powered multi media kit in a suitcase, pre-loaded with educational content that has become TLC Youth Centre’s new attraction.Once the sun sets and MobiStation is rolled out, many children and youth gather at the local youth center. Equipped with a solar-powered laptop, a low-power projector, a microphone and an audio system, MobiStation creates an innovative learning environment for children and youth while entertaining them at the same time.In doing so, MobiStation is attracting larger crowds to come to TLC Youth Centre to enjoy movies, music and dance which are then followed by discussions about issues concerning youth in their community."
16-07-2014 | Today Online
Poor Sanitation Cause of Malnutrition in Well-fed Children in India
"It is a question being asked about children across India, where a long economic boom has done little to reduce the vast number of children who are malnourished and stunted, leaving them with mental and physical deficits that will haunt them their entire lives. Now, an emerging body of scientific studies suggest that Vivek and many of the 162 million children under the age of five in the world who are malnourished are suffering less a lack of food than poor sanitation." 
16-07-2014 | Sudan Vision
Consultative Workshop on Birth Registration as a Safeguard for Child Rights
"Birth and Death Certificates, National Identity to be issued for free. UNICEF representative renews organisation’s commitment to raise birth registration to 100% for Sudan to become the first African country to achieve the percentage."
15-07-2014
MobiStation – An innovation supporting education in and out of schools in Uganda
Watch a video describing one of the pilots being undertaken in Uganda.
11-07-2014 | Singularity Hub
Inside Singularity University: Talking Technology, Innovation, And Grand Challenges With Unicef
"Singularity University has a mission—use technology to positively impact the lives of a billion people in ten years. That’s easy enough to say, but you don’t make big changes without big ambition. And if there’s a time and place to affect positive change on that kind of scale, it’s here and now.A key component of SU’s mission is technology, but it’s not the first thing participants in the summer graduate studies program (GSP) learn. Before diving into the latest tech, the program takes a week to carefully review the global grand challenges. Lacking a clear understanding of these challenges, technology is a screwdriver with no screw.So what are the grand challenges facing the world today?..."
11-07-2014 | UNICEF Connect
Brazil: watching the World Cup, watching out for children
"Hundreds of thousands of people gather throughout the day on the world-famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro to enjoy ‘the beautiful game’. But this can also be a risky place for children and adolescents, especially those who are already vulnerable. They may face dangers ranging from being separated from their parents in the crowd, to being at risk of sexual exploitation or child labour.Jandira, a social mobilizer with the Secretariat of Social Development in Rio de Janeiro stated “that’s why we are out every day on the beach, filling out these identification bracelets for children with their name, age, address and their parents name and phone number. If they do get lost or separated, they can be quickly identified and we can call their parents and reunite them as soon as possible.”
11-07-2014 | DIY Toolkit
Innovation key to Growth in Developing World
"The latest report from the OECD’s Perspectives on Global Development series has highlighted innovation as one of the crucial drivers for boosting productivity and growth in developing and emerging nations. The report, which looks at the convergence between developed and developing economies, emphasises the need for countries to build higher value activities into their economic structures – and lists both education and innovation as key to achieving this. Producing and bringing new goods and services into the market that promote social cohesion and sustainability alongside economic growth is also seen as essential. In addition to importing new forms of production and distribution from overseas, the report also highlights the need for countries to adapt and develop these processes to support their specific needs. This could then also translate into a distinctive and competitive advantage for developing nations to bring to the international market."
10-07-2014 | UNICEF Innovation
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