The importance of play for children’s development is recognized by the UN , which sets out “the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities”. General Assembly established 11 June as the International Day of Play to champion and protect this right. On this day, called for this right to be fulfilled for every child.

Are you concerned about how much time your teen is spending on screens?

Refugee camps force children to mature prematurely, stripping away their childhood and thrusting them into harsh realities.

Belize, 2016: Orin, 4, playing at the seashore with his father, Marshall Mejia, in their hometown of Dangriga.

Observed every 1 June, the Global Day of Parents provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents for their selfless commitment to their children. Throughout June, the United Nations Children’s Fund () will advocate for , encompassing a broad range of topics from the  to engaging activities for the entire family. Recognizing the increasing prevalence of online play, the agency will also provide parents with comprehensive guides and detailed explanations to ensure their children's online experiences are safe and positive.

In 2023, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund () provided mine risk prevention and response services, including survivor assistance, to nearly 140,000 individuals, among them children, throughout Myanmar. Efforts to scale up mine risk education sessions, supported by pamphlets and handbooks in local languages, are underway in conflict zones. The escalating deployment of landmines in Myanmar poses a grave danger to children's safety and well-being. Each detonation not only ends lives but also destroys aspirations and strips away the innocence of childhood. It is crucial for all involved parties to collaborate in safeguarding children from the severe consequences of landmines.

Vaccines have saved six lives a minute. Every minute, for five decades. Speak up and tell leaders it’s time for immunization for all.

Climate change is causing more frequent and intense heat waves worldwide, which negatively impact the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, particularly children. and partners urge governments to take urgent action and ensure that frontline health workers are trained to recognize and treat heat stress, health facilities are equipped to cool heat victims, and healthcare systems are connected to meteorological services in high-heat regions. Additionally, health facilities should have cool public spaces for people to safely seek refuge during heat waves.


is urging for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, emphasizing the critical need to address children's urgent needs. Neeson highlights protection, safe access to life-saving supplies and services, and uninterrupted funding as essential elements in this endeavor. Expressing deep concern over the devastating toll on children's lives amidst the ongoing conflict, Neeson stresses the urgency of ending the fighting to mitigate the humanitarian catastrophe.

The escalation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip is having a catastrophic impact on children and families. Around 1.7 million people in the Gaza Strip are estimated to have been internally displaced – half of them children. 

Even wars have rules. No from essential services, nor fall from the reach of humanitarian hands. 

Fadimata, a 4-year-old advocate for promoting good nutrition and hygiene practices, through initiatives by , is spreading awareness in her local community.

Months of escalating conflict have turned the Gaza Strip into the most dangerous place in the world to be a child. Every child across Gaza has been exposed to deeply distressing events, witnessing horrors that no child should. Around 1.7 million people are estimated to have been internally displaced by the violence, half of them children. Families desperately searching for shelter are being pushed into tiny, overcrowded areas without adequate water, food, or protection. The little food that is available isn’t enough to meet children’s nutritional needs. As a result, thousands of children are malnourished and sick. The lasting impact of this violence will be felt for generations to come.

UNICEF convened specialists from various leading social media platforms to address prevalent inquiries about online bullying and provide guidance on effective strategies for its mitigation.

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Gender and age are significant factors that affect how people perceive risks, vulnerabilities, and opportunities. Life events such as marriage, childbearing, or retirement often put women and girls at a higher risk of poverty. Providing social protection, such as health insurance or cash transfers, can help reduce poverty and vulnerability, and support people from childhood to old age. In this podcast, three officers: Ramya Subrahmanian, Nyasha Tirivayi, and Lauren Whitehead discuss Gender-Responsive and Age-Sensitive Social Protection.

Sandra is a law student and designer in Bolivia who faces the challenge of raising her daughter Nathaly as a single parent. She is supported by her mother and grandmother, who are also Cholitas. This is the name given to Aymara indigenous women from the Bolivian Andean region who wear traditional blankets, high top hats, and long voluminous skirts called polleras. Sandra juggles work, studies, and motherhood, but finds solace in weaving and listening to music. Traditional gender roles in Bolivia are changing as many women seek self-sufficiency. Sandra hopes that the moments spent with Nathaly will shape her into a strong woman.

Whether in person or online, almost all children and young people will encounter hate speech at some time. It’s important to help them recognize it and know what to do when they encounter it.