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Universal Children’s Day: Pacific Children are on the front line of climate change

Universal Children’s Day 2015 is an opportunity to reflect on a year of huge significance for children in the Pacific. September saw the launch of a new global development agenda which sets out a road map based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals to take us to 2030. There may be 17 goals to work towards but they all have the same aim – ensuring a better future for today’s children and generations to come. For the first time, Goal 13 also puts climate action firmly in its sights, global recognition of the very real threats posed by climate change. Continue reading

Nauru submits first report to the UN committee on the Rights of the Child

UNICEF Pacific welcomes The Government of the Republic of Nauru’s first report submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on 27 October 2015.  The Government of Nauru reports to the Committee as part of its obligations as a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), ratified by the Government in 1994.  Continue reading

Australian commitment to UN joint programme for Pacific mother, child and adolescent health kicks off investment in Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Three Pacific Island countries using integrated approaches to health delivery for women, new-borns, children and adolescents will benefit from a nearly AU$7 million UN Joint Programme announced in New York as part of a meeting of Pacific Foreign Ministers. Continue reading

We must ensure that El Niño does not have a child’s face

It can be all too easy to think of adverse weather events such as El Niño as simply that – a cyclical warming of Pacific ocean waters that causes varying types of unseasonal weather; rain, flooding and elevated sea levels affecting low-lying atoll nations near the equator, paralysing drought affecting more populous countries in the Pacific south west. In parallel with this, a longer and more intense cyclone season generated by El Niño threatens almost all Pacific countries – a phenomenon expected to last well into 2016. Continue reading

Child Sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance Report

Care_Protection_Allowance_reaches_5000childrenA new report has found that Fiji is at forefront in the Pacific with social protection programmes, in particular the Care and Protection allowance that reaches at least 5,000 vulnerable children throughout Fiji. The Child Sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance Report (pdf) was launched today by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar. Continue reading

UNICEF Partners the All Blacks visit Samoan children ahead of momentous game

UNICEF partners All Blacks rugby teamUNICEF International partners, the All Blacks, today took time out before their historic game against Manu Samoa in Apia to meet and play with local Samoan children. Liam Messam, Codie Taylor, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Seta Tamanivalu and Tom Taylor ran drills based on UNICEF’s sport for development programme, Just Play, and took part in a fruit kebab making Continue reading

Child maltreatment costing Asia-Pacific US $209 billion

Child abuse and violence is costing countries in East Asia and the Pacific around US $209 billion/year, equivalent to 2 percent of the region’s GDP, according to newly published research commissioned by UNICEF. This is the first ever costing of child maltreatment in the region and was conducted by a team of global experts using a proven methodology previously employed in Australia and the US. Continue reading