Public Finance, Social Policies and Children
Most children in East Asia and the Pacific have benefitted from the region's remarkable social and economic growth over the last two decades. Large reductions in infant and child mortality rates and near universal primary school enrollment and attendance are a testament to the high priority that governments in the region have placed on primary healthcare and education. However, millions of children in the region are still deprived of at least one basic need, so the work remains unfinished.
To address this issue, governments from 16 countries in the East Asia and Pacific region, gathered in Ha Noi from 24-26 September 2012 for a conference on Public Finance, Social Policies and Children, hosted by the Ministry of Finance of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and UNICEF. Several areas for collaboration between Ministries of Finance, Health, Education and Social Welfare were identified.. Since the conference, Governments and UNICEF offices have launched new partnerships to address poverty and inequality through quality investment in children.