The Progress of Nations 2000 describes the gains that are possible when nations invest in children's well being and protect their rights. Children are now less likely to be mentally impaired because of iodine deficiency; more children are enrolled in school now than 10 years ago; and polio is on the verge of eradication. But the publication also recounts the great distances the world must still travel because of poverty, debt, wars, inadequate commitment or unequal social development. The report ranks nations according to their achievements in developmental goals for children. In this 2000 edition, the last of this annual series, HIV/AIDS is one of the central topics. The publication captures the slow but steady progress girls and women are making as they overcome inequality and discrimination.