Launch of the State of the World's Children 2006 Report
2005-12-14: The State of the World’s Children 2006 (SOWC) Report was launched in Ulaanbaatar on 14 December 2005 by Mr. Chuluun Ulaan, the Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia.
Opening the launch, Mr. Richard Prado, UNICEF Representative noted that Mongolia made great strides in social sector and in fulfilling the rights of children as exemplified by the commendable indicators related to child mortality, basic education and a healthy trend in the reduction of protein energy malnutrition. At current trends, Mongolia will be able to achieve 5 out of the 8 MDG goals. He stressed the fact that these are national aggregates which often times hides the situation that lie beneath this veneer – the situation of children who are located in geographically remote areas, in ethnic and minority communities, those who reside in the urban shanties and the remote rural areas, the physically and mentally challenged are often neglected. Mr. Prado called for a renewed commitment, political will, enactment of pro-poor legislations, adequate resource allocation and a package of basic services targeted at the most excluded and invisible children.
“This year’s report focuses on the excluded and invisible children; the root causes of exclusion and our commitments and responsibilities to these children. It appeals to all of us to do everything in our power to keep our commitments to children. Mongolia and its Government wholeheartedly accept and support this appeal.” said Mr. Ch. Ulaan, launching the report. He emphasized that the Government of Mongolia promotes the strategy to reduce poverty and will increase fund allocation for the most vulnerable children.
Speaking at the launch, Ms. Tumur Ariuna, UNICEF National Ambassador called for an effective collaboration to reach out to the children most in need of care and protection -the poorest and the most vulnerable, the exploited and the abused.
Present at the launch were government officials, representatives of foreign diplomatic missions, international organizations, national and international NGOs as well as children and the media.