Unicef Logo and the text: Children Under Threat. The State of The World's Children 2005.

Arminah Johannes

The Rights of Millions of Children are being Denied Every Day

Childhood defined
What do we mean by childhood and why is it a crucial time in life?

The world has set goals for children
In 2000 world leaders gathered at the UN Millennium Summit agreed to a set of eight goals to be achieved by 2015 to improve the state of the world and its children.

Creating a protective environment
Ensuring that children are safe from abuse, violence and exploitation is a shared responsibility for governments, societies, families and individuals.

Childhood under threat
Poverty, conflict and HIV/AIDS obliterate childhood.

Also in this section

Picture of a child


A child carrying water

The Convention on the Rights of the Child [Web]

A World Fit for Children [PDF]

Human rights for children and women: How UNICEF helps make them a reality [PDF]

Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child -
Fully Revised Edition

Building a World Fit for Children [PDF]

We the children [PDF]

“…not being educated is like being locked in a box.”
girl, 15, United States

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Life expectancy for a child born in Japan in 2003: 82 years

Life expectancy for a child born in Zambia in 2003: 33 years 0
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