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UNICEF to launch State of the World’s Children 2013 report

Children with Disabilities in the Spotlight

All materials are embargoed until 00:01 GMT Thursday, 30 May 2013

NEW YORK/DA NANG, Viet Nam, 20 May 2013 – UNICEF will launch its State of the World’s Children, the authoritative report on the situation of children globally, in Da Nang, Viet Nam on Thursday, 30 May. UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, will be joined by Ms. Nguyen Thi Doan, Vice-President of Viet Nam; Mr. Peter Baxter, Director General, AusAID; Miss Nguyen Thi Phuong Anh, 16, finalist, Viet Nam’s Got Talent and One Minute Junior film producers.

Dozens of UNICEF offices will have special events to mark the release of the flagship report, including a panel discussion with disability experts and activists in UNICEF headquarters in New York City.

The report will go live in a multi-media format, as well as accessible formats, at 00:01 GMT on the 30th at www.unicef.org/sowc2013

SOWC 2013 is the first global report dedicated to children with disabilities - some of the most invisible and marginalized people in the world. UNICEF says they have the same rights as all other children but all too often are discriminated against and excluded. The report explains how countries and societies can fully include children with disabilities so both they and their communities benefit.

It also contains the latest data on children with global and country by country break downs. The statistics focus on dozens of indicators, including demographics, health, education, child protection, HIV and AIDS and education and are also available in .xls format for computer-assisted reporting. New tables include measurement of disparities and the rate of progress on a number of indicators.

The State of the World’s Children 2013 – Children with Disabilities and Executive Summary are available in EPUB, DAISY, Easy Read HTML and Braille formats. "There is a version for everyone whether they read with their eyes, ears or fingers.  English versions will be available on launch date, with Spanish, French, Arabic and Chinese to follow shortly.

Note to Editors

EPUB is the free and open e-book standard developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum.  EPUB has been provided with table of content and image descriptions. This EPUB file can be read on a range of devices with text to speech and magnification if required by the user.

Easy Read - The Easy Read format uses pictures to supplement the meaning of text, has simplified text and enlarged fonts.

DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is an internationally recognised accessible multi-media publishing system that has opened up a much wider choice of reading for individuals such as people with visual impairments, with dyslexia, with motor disabilities or with age related macular degeneration. DAISY users can navigate the document precisely sentence by sentence, can search, place bookmarks, and control the reading speed without distortion.

Broadcasters: B-roll  and photo is at the following link:
http://weshare.unicef.org/SOWC2013Media

For further information, please contact:
Peter Smerdon, UNICEF New York, Tel: 1 212 303 7984 psmerdon@unicef.org
Sarah Crowe, in Viet Nam, Tel: e-mail: scrowe@unicef.org
Kate Donovan, UNICEF New York, Tel:  1 212 326 7452 kdonovan@unicef.org


 

 

 

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