Half of the world’s children experience violence on and offline in some form every year, with “devastating and life-long consequences” for their mental health, the UN chief warned a symposium on the issue on Thursday.
For the first time in two decades, the number of children being put to work has risen – to 160 million worldwide, representing an increase of 8.4 million over four years – while millions of other are at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new UN report launched on Thursday.
In the last week of April, when the COVID-19 daily caseload in India crossed the catastrophic 4,00,000 mark, a five-year-old girl staying with her COVID-19 contracted parents in Mangalore’s Father Mullers Hospital became an orphan overnight, losing three family members within hours.
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected children's rights worldwide, with young people risking a generational catastrophe if governments do not act, a rights group said in an annual survey.
Senior United Nations officials on Thursday strongly condemned the ongoing violence by Myanmar’s security forces against civilians, including children, as the members of the Security Council expressed alarm at the rapidly deteriorating situation in the country.
Around one in eight nations spends more on debt than on social services, according to a new report from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched on Thursday, calling for debt service relief and restructuring to enable countries to bounce back from the pandemic.