The State of the World's Children 2003
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These maps are based on UNICEF opinion polls, on consultations with children throughout the world, on various data sources and on the statement ‘A World Fit for Us’, delivered at the UN Special Session on Children in May 2002. Data sources for illustrations are given on each map. As many countries and territories as space allows have been included. Some countries and island nations are surrounded by a box if an indicator may not otherwise be seen easily.

Map 1. What the children think

UNICEF opinion polls collected representative samples of opinions from boys and girls that illustrate the views of 103 million 9- to 18-year-olds in Latin America and the Caribbean; 93 million 9- to 17-year-olds in Western Europe, CEE/CIS and the Baltic States; and 300 million 9- to 17-year-olds in East Asia and the Pacific. Due to different questions asked in the three regions, the results included here should not be used to compare countries in different regions. This is true for questions that seem the same but differ in the allowed responses. The views children expressed on the information available on HIV/AIDS in these regions are children’s perceptions of their knowledge, not based on any test of their knowledge. The young women in selected countries in sub-Saharan Africa who feel they have sufficient knowledge to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS both correctly identified ways of preventing the sexual transmission of HIV and rejected major misconceptions about HIV transmission or prevention. This indicator is a composite of two prevention methods (condom use and one faithful partner) and these misconceptions. The key issues for young Arabs were sampled from two groups: 15- to 20-year-olds in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in 2001; and 13- to 17-year-old participants from 14 Arab countries at the Arab Children’s Conference, held in Amman, Jordan, in July 2001.

Map 2. What the children want – health, education, healthy environment

No special note.

Map 3. What the children want – protection

Hunger and malnutrition are broad terms, each denoting complex issues — food insecurity, poverty, lack of delivery of services, inadequate care and unsafe water, to name a few. Both a cause and a consequence of income poverty, this indicator is shown here as a proxy for a poverty indicator. Using the SIPRI Yearbook 2002, a ‘major armed conflict’ is defined as a contested incompatibility that concerns government and/or territory over which the use of armed force between the military forces of two parties, of which at least one is the government of a State, has resulted in at least 1,000 battle-related deaths in any single year.