Early assessment of progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals confirms an alarming lack of data in 64 countries, as well as insufficient progress toward the SDGs for another 37 countries where the data can be tracked.

This report documents the work of the UNICEF-GAIN Partnership Project, to improve iodine nutrition through salt iodization. It highlights the success of the global effort to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) as a public health problem.

Global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries, UNICEF said in a new report on newborn mortality. Babies born in Japan, Iceland and Singapore have the best chance at survival, while newborns in Pakistan, the Central African Republic and Afghanistan face the worst odds.

Understanding the Impacts of Pesticides on Children highlights the various pathways of exposure and outlines the associated effects on children’s health. This discussion paper summarizes key research (with footnotes that offer links to freely available external resources), delves into the issues, and offers concrete ideas for solutions.

Pollution can permanently damage children’s lungs, along with affecting the brain and lowering intelligence, said this report released by UNICEF. This report which states that children’s IQ and memory is affected by pollution, sampled 17 million babies worldwide. The report further stated that globally 17 million babies live in highly polluted areas and South Asia is home to 12.2 million of them.

As the debate about whether the internet is safe for children rages, The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World discusses how digital access can be a game changer for children or yet another dividing line.

The projected expansion in Africa’s child population will necessitate an increase of more than 11 million skilled education and health personnel by 2030, if it is to keep pace with the continent’s unprecedented demographic transition, UNICEF said.

This report presents the UN-IGME's latest estimates, up to year end of 2015, of under-five, infant and neonatal mortality and assesses progress towards MDG 4 at the country, regional and global levels. Estimates to year end of 2016 will be published in September 2017.

The Government of Indonesia and UNICEF launched a new report showcasing the progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals that the country has made for children, acknowledging challenges and highlighting the crucial role of preventing violence against children in reducing poverty.

Weather-related stresses associated with El Niño in 2015–2016 have severely impacted 60 million people. Governments across the globe are dealing with the consequences as they affect food security, livelihoods, and the well-being of their populations.

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