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Croatia ratifies 3rd Optional Protocol on protection of children's rights

Croatia has made an important step forward in the protection of children's rights by ratifying the Third Optional Protocol which makes it possible to file complaints to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF's Croatian office said on Monday.

UNICEF launches 3.3-billion-dollar appeal for 2017

In order to help more than 48 million children in need in 48 countries, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) launched an appeal on Tuesday for donations of 3.3 billion dollars in 2017.

UN launches mobile messaging system for Afghan refugees in Pakistan

The United Nations launched a mobile messaging service for young Afghan refugees in Pakistan, enabling them to make visible their needs and issues in the areas of health, education and protection, water sanitation, social welfare and others, the world body said in a press release on Friday.

UN: More than 17,000 children recruited as fighters in South Sudan

About 1,300 South Sudanese children have been recruited as fighters this year, bringing the total to more than 17,000 since a military conflict erupted between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy in late 2013, the UN children’s fund UNICEF reported Thursday.

Zagreb's Museum of Illusions highlights hard lives of millions of kids

The Museum of Illusions in Zagreb is conducting a week-long campaign to draw attention to millions of children worldwide living in dire conditions.

Ceremony held to mark 70th anniversary of UNICEF

The UNICEF Office in Croatia on Sunday held a reception in Zagreb on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of that UN agency providing humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.

1 in 5 children displaced in Central African Republic, says UNICEF

Nearly one in five children in the Central African Republic (CAR) remain displaced following sectarian violence that has killed thousands of people, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday.

UNICEF: South Sudan armed groups release 145 child soldiers

About 145 child soldiers were released Wednesday by armed groups in South Sudan, the UN children's fund UNICEF said.

Conference on unaccompanied migrant children starts in Zagreb

A two-day conference called "On the Move and Alone", which started in Zagreb on Thursday, brought together approximately 70 experts from nine countries to discuss how to respond effectively to the needs of unaccompanied and separated refugee children in Southeast Europe and exchange experience gained with such children during the migrant crisis.

Study finds nearly 385 million children worldwide live in poverty

Nearly 385 million children worldwide live in extreme poverty, UNICEF and the World Bank said Monday.

Preschool facility for Roma children in Sisak opens

The project was launched jointly by the town of Sisak and the UNICEF office in Croatia, while the furniture company IKEA supported it  with a donation.

UNICEF: Two million people in Aleppo without water during heat wave

About two million people in the Syrian city of Aleppo have no access to running water after escalating fighting damaged the city's water delivery system, the UN Children's Fund said Tuesday.

UNICEF: 80 per cent of 18-year-olds see risk of online sexual abuse

Eight out of 10 young adults believe that children and adolescents are at risk of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online and more than half of them think their friends participate in risky online behaviour, according to a UNICEF report.

UNICEF: At least 20,000 children trapped in Fallujah amidst fighting

At least 20,000 children are currently trapped in the western Iraqi city of Fallujah, where food and medicine are running out and clean water is in short supply, Peter Hawkins, the country's UNICEF representative, said Wednesday.

UNICEF urges EU to prevent migrant children from disappearing

The European Union's planned migration policy should include measures to stop thousands of unaccompanied child migrants from disappearing, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) demanded Friday in Geneva.

Petrova maternity hospital declared child-friendly by UNICEF

The maternity hospital in Petrova Street in the capital of Zagreb was on Tuesday officially declared child-friendly by UNICEF. 

UNICEF: Children pay "the highest price" for Yemen conflict

Almost 10 million Yemeni children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance as the conflict continues to destroy the impoverished country, taking a heavy toll on children, UNICEF said in a report published Tuesday.

NGOs: Authorities systematically violate refugees' rights with forcible detention

The associations warned that the new way of making decisions on people's destinies did not exculpate the Croatian authorities from violation of human rights, disregard for laws and international law.

UNICEF: 8.4 million Syrian children bear the brunt of the conflict

Some 8.4 million Syrian children have been affected by the conflict that has dragged on since 2011, UNICEF said in a report Monday.

UNICEF: A million children need treatment for malnutrition in Africa

Almost 1 million children are in need of medical treatment for severe acute malnutrition in drought-hit parts of eastern and southern Africa, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) said Wednesday.

UNICEF: Female genital cutting affects 200 million girls and women

At least 200 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation, with half of them living in just three countries, UNICEF said in a report released Friday.

UNICEF appeals for 2.8 billion dollars to assist children worldwide

UNICEF appealed for 2.8 billion dollars in aid Tuesday to assist 43 million children living in humanitarian crises worldwide, saying a large portion of the appeal would go towards funding education.

24 million children in conflict zones are out of school, UNICEF says

Almost 24 million children living in conflict zones, or about one in four, are out of school, including half of South Sudan's children, UNICEF said Tuesday.

UN: 1 million children forced out of school in west, central Africa

In Nigeria alone, approximately 600 teachers have been killed since the start of the Boko Haram insurgency, according to UNICEF.

Red Cross secretary-general commends Croatian efforts for refugees

He welcomed and commended the efforts in responding to the needs of refugees