The State of the World’s Children 2012

More than half of the world’s 7 billion people now live in urban areas. What does this mean for children? UNICEF has dedicated the 2012 edition of its flagship report, The State of the World’s Children, to the situation of children growing up in urban settings. Cities are known to generate economic growth – but, as the report reveals, not all children are benefiting from urban expansion. In this increasingly urban world, the absence of a sustained focus on child rights means that some children are being left behind.

Full Report [PDF]
Corrections and updates [PDF]
 

The State of the World’s Children 2012 Executive Summary [PDF]

 

Chapter 3 Urban challenges [PDF]

 

Chapter 4 Towards cities fit for children [PDF]

 

Panels

A series of short panels define terms and concepts relevant to urban life and childhood.

Panels >>

Focus On

Thematic panels examine in detail specific issues confronting children living in urban areas. This year, the Focus On series includes panels on urban disparities, mapping, disaster risk reduction, Child-Friendly Cities, intra-urban data and more.

Focus On >>

Perspectives

Urban childhoods matter: see what young people, experts, goodwill ambassadors and child-rights advocates have to say. The series of essays brings a personal perspective to critical issues facing children growing up in urban areas.

Perspectives >>