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Monday 02 February 2009
Almost exactly two years ago, a Unicef report placed Britain last among 21 developed countries for the well-being and happiness of its children. It was a report that resonated loudly both in the streets of our cities, where there was already widespread concern about under-age drinking and gangs, and in the corridors of power, where Gordon Brown, then still Chancellor, had prided himself on progress in reducing child poverty. The report seemed to confirm that the problems did not exist just in the minds of fearful British adults, but that there was something serious to worry about.
Tuesday 20 January 2009
The U.N. children's fund UNICEF said on Saturday it had set up a $5 million fund to provide salaries for workers in Zimbabwe's ailing health sector.
Thursday 11 December 2008
Thursday 11 December 2008
Saturday 29 November 2008
Tourists who go abroad to abuse children should face the prospect of prosecution in their home countries if they are caught having sex with kids in nations with lax penalties, participants at a UN-backed conference concluded yesterday.
Saturday 01 November 2008
Monday 11 August 2008
Tuesday 22 July 2008
Sunday 11 May 2008
Sunday 11 May 2008
Tuesday 11 March 2008
Teachers are to take the extraordinary step of calling for an independent Royal Commission to investigate why so many of Britain's children are unhappy.
Sunday 02 March 2008
Wednesday 23 January 2008
At first sight, it looks like a celebrity spot-the-ball competition. Is the fellow to the left of David Beckham giving it a header? Is it sailing into the outstretched hand of the chap on the right? Er... no, actually: it's right there in the main picture, looking a bit dusty, down at the bottom.
Splendidly, this is not a competition in a tabloid newspaper, but a picture of David Beckham acting in his capacity as a "goodwill ambassador" for the UN children's organisation, Unicef.
The former England captain is having a kickabout with some residents of Freetown, Sierra Leone, and affecting one of his trademark poses: top off, tattoos on display, expensive designer clobber worn in reassuringly casual fashion (though surely Timberland boots went out with Vanilla Ice).
Becks could be forgiven for feeling like a fish out of water. As one of the best-paid sportsmen in history, he's used to playing in new boots and hi-tech kit on the green, green grass of the biggest and most atmospheric football pitches in the world.
If one were feeling uncharitable, one might say that taking part in a Unicef photo-op is the highest calling a modern celebrity can aspire to. Bob Geldof's done it, Angelina Jolie's done it – even Mrs Beckham's chum Geri Halliwell took a turn around the Third World patting babies.
But here, facts get in the way of weary cynicism. Beckham's four-day tour included a visit to a feeding centre in Makeni in the country's Northern Province, where he was touchingly photographed with Senyo, a five-year-old boy so badly malnourished that he can hardly walk. Makeni has the highest death rate among under-fives in Sierra Leone, which has one of the world's highest infant mortality rates. "In Sierra Leone, one in four children dies before reaching their fifth birthday," Becks said later. "It's tragic, especially when the solutions are simple. Saving these children's lives is a top priority for Unicef and as ambassador I hope I can help to draw attention to this issue."
Wednesday 31 August 2005
Thursday 18 August 2005
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