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Knowledge for Children in Africa Catalogues Research on Poverty and Livelihoods

(2 December 2019) Each year, UNICEF and its partners in Africa generate a wealth of evidence about the situation of children. The 2019 edition of the Knowledge for Children in Africa Publications Catalogue features 107 reports and studies on the situation of children, young people and women in Africa. These publications represent the collective knowledge produced by UNICEF Country and Regional Offices across Africa and highlight the evidence essential to informing the development, monitoring and implementation of policies and programmes for the realization of children’s rights across the continent.
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For every child, answers

(13 November 2019) In commemoration of three significant anniversaries for children in 2019 - the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child; the 30th year since UNICEF's Office of Research was founded at Innocenti, and the 600th anniversary of the founding of the Ospedale Degli Innocenti, UNICEF's host institution in Florence - UNICEF Innocenti has produced a new publication: For every child, Answers: 30 Years of Research for Children at UNICEF Innocenti. The publication takes a "30 at 30" approach, providing short, easy-to-read articles covering the 30 most significant areas of UNICEF Innocenti's impact for children over the course of its thirty year history. The thirty articles are grouped according to: Rights of the Child, Education, Adolescence, Gender and Parenting, Child Health and Nutrition, Child Protection and Care, Multidimensional Child Poverty and Well-being, and Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing.Smiling child in the first pre-school in Côte d'Ivoire to be constructed with building materials made from recycled plastic. "We are immensely grateful to the Istituto Degli Innocent, and equally so to the Municipality of Florence, the Regional Administration of Tuscany and the Government of Italy, for their unstinting support over the years," said Dr. Priscilla Idele, Director a.i. at UNICEF Innocenti, in the publication's foreword. "As our work evolves over the next 30 years, emerging issues such as climate change, displacement, urbanization, mental health, and technology, are assuming increasing importance to children, presenting risks and offering opportunities to realize their rights." Each article is organized around the questions: Why does it matter? What have we done? and What is the impact? And each article is supported by an authorotative bibliography with key links to source documents in the UNICEF Innocenti catalogue, making the publication an excellent tool for research and study.According to Patrizia Faustini, who developed the concept and led research for the publication: "This publication will demonstrate the value and significance of the work that has been developed over the last 30 years at UNICEF’s Office of Research. We pioneered global efforts to gain better understanding of the practical implications of the Convention on the Rights of the Child from the time when it was an absolutely new and very few people understood much about how to implement the articles of the Convention, and put them into action. The publication also points to how the same innovative spirit in forging into new territories is the nature of all our research work."List of Thirty Article Titleschild rightsChild RightsBirth RegistrationChildren's ParticipationIndigenous and Minority ChildrenOmbuds for Children's RightsChild Rights in a Digital WorldeducationEarly Childhood Education and CareEducation for AllSport for Developmentchild health and nutritionBreastfeedingChildren and HIVClimate Change and Childrenchild protection and careIntercountry AdoptionChildren and JusticeChild-Freindly CitiesChild LabourChildren and Armed ConflictChildren on the MoveViolence Affecting Childrenmultidimensional child poverty and well-beingTransitional Economies and ChildrenChildren in High-Income CountriesMultidimensional Child PovertyCash Transfers for Child Well-beingcapacity building, evidence synthesis and knowledge sharingResearch Tools and MethodsEthical Research Involving ChildrenShowcasing UNICEF's Best ResearchConvening and Thought Leadership  
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PODCAST SPECIAL EDITION: Young Leaders at Leading Minds

(7 November 2019) On the eve of the first ever UNICEF and WHO joint consultation of young people's mental health - at Leading Minds 2019 in Florence, Italy - invited 'young leaders' gathered to record a podcast documenting their views and requests on urgent actions needed to address a rising mental health crisis for global experts and decision makers leaders. The podcast provides a platform for them to go into much greater detail on the key issues they are facing and the courses of action they feel are most needed.
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Increase in Child and Adolescent Mental Disorders Spurs New Push for Action by UNICEF and WHO

PRESS RELEASE (New York/ Geneva/Florence, 5 November 2019) With the alarmingly high rates of self-harm, suicide and anxiety among children and young people around the world, UNICEF and the World Health Organization are teaming up with some of the world’s leading minds to tackle this growing threat. “Too many children and young people, rich and poor alike, in all four corners of the world, are experiencing mental health conditions,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “This looming crisis has no borders or boundaries. With half of mental disorders starting before age 14, we need urgent and innovative strategies to prevent, detect and, if needed, treat them at an early age.”
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Research on humanitarian social protection is not only possible, but desperately needed

by Jose Cuesta, Jacobus de Hoop, Amber Peterman, Angie Lee, Tilman Brück, Ugo Gentilini
(2019-12-09) Rigorous research in humanitarian emergencies is not only feasible but also necessary to determine what constitutes effective assistance in these settings. This column in ...

Moving the Needle on Mental Health for Young People

by Chantelle Booysen
(2019-11-11) In the last 50-60 years UNICEF, WHO & member states have worked tirelessly in reducing infant mortality rates and succeeding at it. In fact, one could ...