UNICEF: News

04 May 2024

Kareena Kapoor Khan

UNICEF India appoints Kareena Kapoor Khan as National Ambassador

Adding another feather to her cap, Kareena Kapoor Khan has been appointed as the National Ambassador for India by UNICEF.

30 Dec 2023

Israel

'200 killed in 24hrs': Israel intensifies bombardment in southern Gaza

Israel has launched a massive assault in southern Gaza with tanks and aerial bombings, resulting in nearly 200 deaths within 24 hours, Reuters reported.

11 Dec 2023

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Israel-Palestine war: UNICEF ambassador Priyanka Chopra calls for 'humanitarian ceasefire'

Actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas is one of the many international celebrities to speak up amid the harrowing ongoing war between Israel and Palestine, which has led to the death of hundreds of children on both sides.

10 Dec 2023

Hamas

Israel advances into southern Gaza amid 'apocalyptic' humanitarian crisis

International aid organizations have warned that civilians in conflict-hit Gaza were facing an "apocalyptic" humanitarian crisis even as Israeli forces advanced into the strip's southern region where thousands of Palestinians have taken shelter, AFP reported.

Israel tanks enter Gaza's Al-Shifa Hospital, patients stranded

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has entered war-torn Gaza's biggest medical facility, the Al-Shifa Hospital, where hundreds of patients and civilians are stranded, with tanks, The Associated Press reported.

15 Nov 2023

Bollywood

David Beckham in Mumbai: Sonam Kapoor-Anand Ahuja to host dinner

Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and her entrepreneur husband Anand Ahuja are reportedly set to host soccer icon David Beckham at their Mumbai home.

27 Mar 2023

Kareena Kapoor Khan

#NewsBytesExplainer: Why UNICEF partners with celebrities for social awareness drives

Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor Khan was in the news on Saturday when she visited Mumbai's Mitha Nagar Municipal School as part of UNICEF's "Every Child Reading Campaign" in Maharashtra.

19 Feb 2023

Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana named UNICEF's National Ambassador for children's rights

A jack of all trades, Ayushmann Khurrana has now added another feat to his ever-growing list of accomplishments.

MP horror: 30 students vaccinated for COVID-19 with single syringe

In a shocking breach of the single-use syringe process, at least thirty school students were given COVID-19 vaccine with the same syringe on Wednesday in Madhya Pradesh's Sagar, NDTV reported.

11 Jan 2022

Afghanistan

Afghanistan crisis: US to donate $308 million, COVID-19 vaccines

The United States aims to provide an additional $308 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, said the White House in a statement on Tuesday.

10 Aug 2021

Facebook

UNICEF India, Facebook to create safe online environment for children

UNICEF India and Facebook on Monday launched a one-year joint initiative to end violence against children with a special focus on online safety.

05 Jan 2021

United Nations (UN)

Nearly 60,000 babies born in India on New Year: UNICEF

UNICEF said more than 3,71,500 babies were born worldwide on New Year's Day and India is estimated to have recorded the highest number of births at around 60,000, according to the UN's children's agency.

01 Oct 2020

Bollywood

Priyanka Chopra hints her memoir 'Unfinished' is almost ready

Bollywood diva and Quantico star Priyanka Chopra Jonas recently announced on Instagram that her memoir titled #Unfinished is almost ready.

27 Aug 2020

Katy Perry

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom welcome baby girl, Daisy Dove

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have welcomed their first child together.

12 Jun 2020

World Bank

Coronavirus aftermath: 1.1 billion could become extremely poor, globally

The economic repercussions of coronavirus, which has already taken 423,844 lives globally, are mountainous. Thanks to lockdowns, enforced to break the transmission chain, even the richest countries are staring at oblivion.

13 May 2020

Coronavirus

As coronavirus weakens health systems, 6,000 children could die daily

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact healthcare systems around the world, as many as 6,000 children could die from preventable causes every day for the next six months, the UNICEF warned.

27 Mar 2020

Education

Coronavirus: UNICEF to help school students in India continue studies

The Coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the education of as many as 80% of school students worldwide.

06 Mar 2020

India

Watch out! Fake coronavirus information circulating on WhatsApp

With nearly 1 lakh infections and 3,200 deaths, the outbreak of coronavirus has created a sense of panic worldwide.

18 Nov 2019

India

Paneer roll, Poha, Upma: UNICEF suggests healthy recipes for children

Dishes like Paneer kathi rolls, sprouted dal parantha, poha, and upma, found a place in a booklet recently released by the the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), on how to deal with serious health problems such as underweight, obesity and anaemia among children and adolescents.

08 Nov 2019

India

Over half of Indian youth will be unemployable in 2030

With over 90 crore people under age 24, South Asia is home to the world's largest youth workforce. However, over half of them will not have the skills to become employable in the next decade, said UNICEF's seventh executive director, Henrietta H Fore.

23 Aug 2019

Pakistan News

Another embarrassment for Pakistan, UN backs its Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka

In yet another major embarrassment for Pakistan, the United Nations has refused to take any action against Priyanka Chopra, who is the body's Goodwill Ambassador.

WHO report: 1 in 4 healthcare centers lacks basic facilities

The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) published a Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) report for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) on April 3.

03 Mar 2019

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Pakistanis want Priyanka removed as UNICEF Ambassador: Here's why

On February 26, 2019, when Indian Air Force jets demolished Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest camp in Balakot, Pakistan, several Bollywood celebrities, including Priyanka Chopra, lauded the brave pilots.

02 Jan 2019

India

India records highest number of births on 1st Jan'19: UNICEF

More than 3,95,000 babies were expected to have born around the world on New Year's Day, with India estimated to record the highest number of these births at nearly 70,000, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said.

23 Nov 2018

India

Nahid Afrin becomes first 'Youth Advocate' of UNICEF for Northeast

Popular singer Nahid Afrin has been appointed as the first 'Youth Advocate' of the northeastern region by the UNICEF to fight for child rights.

16 Nov 2018

West Bengal

Calcutta HC orders appointment of counselors in all schools

In a step towards raising awareness of child sexual abuse, the Calcutta High Court today directed authorities to appoint counselors in about 1 lakh educational institutions in West Bengal to help safeguard students against sexual violation.

10 Nov 2018

Assam

Assam: 16 newborns die within a week, probe ordered

In a series of shocking incidents, at least 16 newborns died within a week at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital in Assam (JMCH).

09 Nov 2018

India

Radio4Child award recognizes use of radio to fight child abuse

A call from a ninth standard girl, disturbed by the circulation of a video of herself with her boyfriend, made Delhi-based RJ Makin run a radio campaign against violence against children.

Sachin Tendulkar goes to Bhutan, plays cricket in mountains!

Former Indian legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar picked up the bat once again and played cricket.

11 Oct 2018

India

UNICEF, WHO laud India's polio-free status, says 'all govt-vaccines safe'

In the backdrop of some oral polio vaccine vials being found contaminated with the type-2 poliovirus, the UNICEF and the WHO today reiterated India's status as a polio-free country.

18 Sep 2018

India

About 802,000 infant deaths reported in India in 2017: UN

About 802,000 infant deaths were reported in India in 2017, the lowest in five years, according to the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UNIGME).

03 Sep 2018

India

India progressing in increasing access to sanitation in schools: UN

India has made rapid progress in increasing access to sanitation in schools, the United Nations said, noting that the proportion of schools without any sanitation facility has decreased at a fast pace in the country.

09 Aug 2018

Sexual Harassment

Top Indian-origin UN Women staffer sexually abused juniors, manipulated them

A UN official placed high up in the gender equality department was accused in 2017 of sexually abusing several juniors.

01 Jul 2018

Afghanistan

Afghanistan: 3 beheaded, school torched, IS hand suspected

In what is suspected to be an Islamic State attack, a boys' school was torched and three men beheaded in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on Saturday.

14 Jun 2018

India

India among countries having no paid-paternity-leave for new fathers: UNICEF

India and Nigeria, which have high infant populations, are among the 92 countries that don't have national policies in place that ensure new fathers get adequate paid time off with their newborn babies, according to UNICEF's new analysis.

07 Jun 2018

India

Sanitation coverage increased from 38% to 80% in India: Modi

PM Narendra Modi today said the sanitation coverage in the country has increased from 38% to nearly 80% and asserted that the "Swachh Bharat Mission" is playing a central role in creating a healthy India.

28 May 2018

Bhubaneswar

Odisha CM flags off 15-day campaign against child sexual abuse

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik today flagged-off 15-day statewide campaign against child sexual abuse in Bhubaneswar, urging people to fight the menace.

24 May 2018

India

UNICEF launches data visualization app to monitor education programs

The UNICEF today launched a "data visualization app" which provides a user-friendly visual representation of complex analytics of the education scenario in the country.

08 May 2018

India

World's first hospital-on-wheels is a 'lifeline' for millions in India

India's healthcare system is in shambles, particularly affecting the millions in rural areas. Lack of access combined with excessive costs has left an innumerable number of people helpless.

26 Apr 2018

India

Here's why UNICEF India is praising Yogi Adityanath's government

UNICEF India on Wednesday appreciated the Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath, for successfully immunizing every child in the state against Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome.

First two-years of breastfeeding would save 8.2L babies annually: WHO

Breastfeeding babies for the first two years would save the lives of more than 8,20,000 children annually, according to the new 10-point WHO-UNICEF guidelines, which is aimed at promoting breastfeeding.

12 Apr 2018

Celebrity

Priyanka Chopra wears anarkali to meet PM Modi. Well, well!

Priyanka Chopra met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday in Delhi in connection with an upcoming conference of Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH).

20 Feb 2018

India

India 31st riskiest country, Pakistan most risky: UNICEF report

Pakistan is the most dangerous country to be born in among 52 "lower middle-income countries," with 45.6 newborns per 1,000 babies dying in the first month.

10 Jan 2018

Pakistan News

Reports: More than two-thirds of Pakistan drinks contaminated water

Thousands of people in Pakistan are reportedly affected by the country's decreasing water supplies and highly polluted water.

09 Nov 2017

Saudi Arabia

UN official: War-torn Yemen might face world's biggest famine

The war in Yemen has left the country in tatters and has rendered life a living hell for common citizens.

01 Jul 2017

New York City

This New York pre-school is accepting bitcoins as tuition fees

While the UNICEF is still working to provide education to school going children in each and every part of the world, a futuristic school in New York has already leapt further and has introduced bitcoin as the mode of payment for its tuition fees.

Yemen facing the world's worst cholera outbreak: UNICEF, WHO

Adding to Yemen's woes, more than 200,000 people are now suffering from cholera, with 1300 already having lost their lives.

17 Jun 2017

New Zealand

Children in rich countries: One in five lives in poverty

One in five children lives in relative poverty even in rich countries.

20 May 2017

Turkey

Turkey's Orphans City will help rehabilitate hundreds of Syrian children

Turkey has unveiled a complex dedicated to housing and educating around 990 children orphaned from the Syrian civil war.

06 May 2017

Pakistan News

Pakistan rejects the bill to increase marriageable age for girls

Pakistani lawmakers unanimously rebuffed the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill that sought to increase the minimum age for girls to be married at, from 16 to 18 years.

20 Mar 2017

Syria

2016: The worst year yet for Syria's rising generation

2016 has been the worst year yet for the children in Syria, according to UNICEF.

02 Mar 2017

Libya

UN: Libya is epicentre for migrant child sex abuse

The UN has warned that Libya, from where lakhs of migrants attempt to cross the Mediterranean into Italy, has become an epicentre for migrant child sex abuse.

16 Nov 2016

Hong Kong

Jackie Chan wins an Oscar after 56 years in movies

Global action star Jackie Chan was awarded an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards, for his 'extraordinary achievements' and contributions to the film industry.

07 Sep 2016

India

Education to propel progress towards global goals

UNESCO's latest Global Education Monitoring Report reflects education's massive potential to propel progress towards the SDGs and a major transformation that's currently lacking.