ICC continues partnership with UNICEF for ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020
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THE International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced it has extended its partnership with UNICEF through to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 with the focus on empowering women and girls through cricket.

The extension of the global charity partnership will once again see the ICC provide UNICEF with a…

Children’s views unveiled on World Children’s Day
The Advocate

THIS World Children’s Day – Wednesday, November 20 – UNICEF Australia has released the results of a three-pronged national conversation with children and young people, called #WorldChildrensSay, about the issues that they consider to most impact upon their lives in Australia.

#WorldChildrensSay consists of the submissions from a…

Body bags and hazmat suits in grim new #EndEbola catalogue
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BODY bags and Hazmat suits feature in a new World Vision catalogue in a radical move to shine Australia’s attention on Africa’s escalating Ebola crisis.

The confronting catalogue showcases the reality of the deadly virus – which has killed more than 2000 people in just a year – and aims…

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World Vision's distribution of winter kits in Idlib Governorate, NW Syria (Image Credit: World Vision International).
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As hostilities continue to escalate in northwest Syria, eight aid agencies are today making an urgent call for an immediate ceasefire as they warn that hundreds of thousands of people – the majority of them women and children – fleeing the unrelenting violence are caught in a humanitarian catastrophe.

At least 150,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the past two weeks, bringing the total number who have been displaced since December 1 to over half a million.

David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said:

“In the past two months, close to 300 civilians have been killed as a result of the intensifying hostilities in northwest Syria. If this violence continues, up to 800,000 people currently in the firing line will be left with few options for safety.

“In addition to civilians themselves, civilian infrastructure continues to come under attack – a hallmark of the Age of Impunity. In the past two weeks, two hospitals have been hit by airstrikes, with reports that several patients and medical staff were injured. One of the ambulances we support was damaged and put out of action for over a week, and we have had to relocate an entire fleet of IRC-supported ambulances as a result of the intensity of the fighting. The IRC is urgently calling for an end to the violence and for those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law to be held accountable. One such opportunity is through the UN Board of Inquiry into attacks on civilian infrastructure in northwest Syria, whose findings should be made…


Accepting more refugees good for Australian economy and society: Oxfam
The Advocate

LIFTING Australia’s humanitarian intake will increase the Australian economy by $37.7 billion in today’s dollars over the next 50 years, according to an Oxfam report that backs the push to make it easier for refugees and humanitarian migrants in Australia to reunite with their families.

Oxfam’s report, Stronger Together:…

Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of the Timor-Leste Referendum
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ON August 30 1999, a referendum took place in Timor-Leste, leading to the country’s independence. This is remembered each year with a public holiday called Popular Consultation Day. 20 years on, WaterAid Timor-Leste reflects on the progress it has made and the challenges ahead.

WaterAid has been working in Timor-Leste…

UNICEF charts way forward to better protect children in business operations
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VAST numbers of children, both in Australia and overseas, will be better protected throughout the supply chains and operations of Australian businesses, and businesses operating in our country, if the Australian Government implements the 11 recommendations in UNICEF Australia’s Building Better Business for Children report, released today. …