Reaching the every newborn national 2020 milestones: country progress, plans and moving forward
21 JUNE 2017 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — A new WHO and UNICEF report details progress made by countries towards the goals and recommendations set out in the Every Newborn Action Plan, an initiative contributing towards the goals of the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. In 2016, 51 countries completed the Every Newborn Tracking Tool. The report also highlights specific activities which have taken place in different countries and exemplifies some of the partner efforts to support country progress.
Help shape the UN Strategy on Youth
20 JUNE 2017 | ONLINE — The UN Interagency Network on Youth Development is currently developing a UN Strategy on Youth with the vision to see young people (from the ages 10-30) recognized and supported in fulfilling life for themselves and unleashing their potential as positive and active agents of change. As a first step in this process, an open global survey, addressed to each and every young person is a way for the UN to collect information on what the top priority issues are for you, what the UN can do and how the UN can best engage with you in this process. The Survey is open until Friday 23 June 2017, 12pm CET. So, tell the UN what you think, and help shape the Strategy on Youth!
Adolescent research briefs
19 JUNE 2017 | ONLINE — A series of briefs developed by UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti with Columbia University and experts from the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing provides a much needed review of contemporary research methodologies for adolescent well-being in low- and middle-income countries. The aim of these briefs is to improve efforts to collect rigorous evidence for programmes and policies on adolescent health and well-being. They will assist a wide range of professionals and stakeholders who conduct, commission or interpret research findings to make decisions about programming, policy and advocacy.
Forced displacement worldwide at its highest in decades
War, violence and persecution have uprooted more men, women and children around the world than at any time in the seven-decade history of UNHCR according to a report published today. The UN Refugee Agency's annual Global Trends study found that 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide at the end of 2016 – a total bigger than the population of the United Kingdom and about 300,000 more than last year.
Aid to education falls for the sixth consecutive year
The amount of aid allocated to education has been falling for six years in a row, shows a new policy paper, Aid to Education is Stagnating and Not Going to Countries Most in Need, published by UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report. Sub-Saharan Africa, home to over half of the world’s out-of-school children now receives less than half the aid to basic education it obtained in 2002. The paper provides country-specific examples of donors’ biased resource allocation and demonstrates that aid is not allocated according to out of school rates so as to meet the cost of achieving universal education in each country concerned.