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Vanel Katende, 6 years, a child climate change activist , speaks at the presentation of a statement on Climate Action for the Africa Climate Summit delegates representing Uganda.
What is COP and why are the voices of rangatahi so important

As an organization founded on advocating for child rights, one of UNICEF’s areas of focus is the climate crisis. Specifically, how to contribute to sustainable long-term solutions for tamariki whilst also supporting rangatahi in their contributions to the discourse. The UNICEF Aotearoa Young Ambassadors are on their way to COP 28 and as the biggest event on the global climate action calendar, this is a pretty big deal. Here’s a break down on what you should know…

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Students at Hamilton East school working together during UNICEF led session
Progress in child poverty reduction moves NZ up international rankings

UNICEF’s 18th Report Card, ‘Child Poverty in the Midst of Wealth’ released today shows New Zealand has made good progress in improving child poverty rates compared to other wealthy countries, but urgent action must be taken if New Zealand is to continue this momentum, says UNICEF Aotearoa. The new government must put children ahead of tax cuts to maintain momentum, says UNICEF .

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Pregnant woman lying on back being attended to by a medical proessional
Climate change is an urgent threat to pregnant women and children

Pregnant women, babies and children face extreme health risks from climate catastrophes that warrant urgent attention.

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"Children live in a world that is increasingly hostile to their rights”

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell on World Children’s Day 2023.

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31 premature babies at imminent risk of death relocated from Al-Shifa hospital

Thirty-one babies clinging to life were rescued from Al-Shifa hospital in northern Gaza and relocated to the south of the Strip.

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child stands in front of dirty water source
1 in 3 children exposed to severe water scarcity

The climate changed world – with dwindling water supply and inadequate water services – is also changing children, altering their mental and physical health, new report warns

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Child health services almost collapse across the Gaza Strip - lives of one million children ‘hanging by a thread.'

The near total breakdown and attacks on medical and healthcare services across Gaza, in particular the northern areas, threatens the lives of every child in the Strip.

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On 6 November 2023, views of damaged buildings in Khalanga, the headquarters of Jajarkot District.

Jajarkot and nearby Rukum West were heavily impacted by the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that hit western Nepal at 11:47 p.m. on 3 November.
Nepal: Children account for half of dead and injured after earthquake

Almost half of those reported killed and injured in Nepal’s recent earthquake are children. The 6.4 earthquake that struck remote parts of western Nepal on 3 November has claimed 153 lives and injured more than 338 people so far, according to local authorities.

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Mothers and children at the refugee site of Adré, in the East of Chad, close to the border of Sudan.
Sudan: over 200 days of war leaving a generation of children on the brink

Sudan is now the largest child displacement crisis in the world, with a recorded 3 million children fleeing widespread violence in search of safety, food, shelter and health care—most within Sudan—while hundreds of thousands are sheltering in sprawling make-shift camps in neighboring countries.

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A child is pictured drinking water from a public clay cooler in Dhamar Governorate, Yemen. The availability of clean water is a critical issue in Yemen, where many communities lack access to safe drinking water.
Beyond numbers and stats: The Dhamar Solar Water Tower’s real-life impact.

Amidst an escalating conflict in 2017, a blockade of Yemen’s crucial port in Hudaydah disrupted the delivery of fuel and other essential supplies to the country. The blockade occurred as Yemen, already one of the world’s most water-scarce nations, was starting to see the very real impacts of climate change.

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Women and newborns bearing the brunt of the conflict in Gaza

As of 3 November, according to Ministry of Health data, 2326 women and 3760 children have been killed in the Gaza strip, representing 67% of all casualties, while thousands more have been injured.

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6.4-magnitude earthquake hits western Nepal

"We are deeply saddened by the devastating impact of the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Karnali and Lumbini provinces in western Nepal at 11:47 p.m. on Friday 3 November..."

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