This page is background
information, last updated in May 2002 and still
available for reference. For the latest on the Special
Session on Children, please go to the Special
How is your country doing?
Since the World
Summit for Children and the entry into force of
the Convention on the Rights
of the Child, information on the situation of children
around the world has become much more readily available.
The Plan of Action of the
World Summit for Children called for each country to
establish appropriate mechanisms for the regular and
timely collection, analysis and publication of data
required to monitor relevant social indicators relating
to the well-being of children. Over the last ten years,
UNICEF and its partners have helped establish international
agreement on a common set of indicators by which to
measure progress. They have also helped Governments
build national capacity for data collection and analysis
and strengthen their own reporting mechanisms.
Early in 2000, governments were asked to undertake
national reviews of progress in implementing the World
Summit Declaration and Plan of Action. Reports on
these reviews have now been submitted and used in the
preparation of the Secretary
General's Report to the General Assembly's Special Session
NB: To date, a total of 159 reports
on end-decade reviews of follow-up to the World
for Children have been received by UNICEF from UN
member States and Observers--refer to the list
of reports received (PDF format). Please
note that only reports received as final versions
electronic format are included here. Additional reports
will be added to this page as they are received.
are available in PDF and/or Word. In some cases the
statistical annex is offered as a separate document.
Reports in Arabic or Russian language are available
only as Word documents. To read reports in Arabic
or Russian, software that enables the user to read
the appropriate fonts is required.
PDF (country, language)
Word (country, language)
Reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child
Almost every country has ratified the Convention on
the Rights of the Child. In so doing, they have committed
themselves to providing regular reports to the Committee
on the Rights of the Child. These reports describe progress
towards fulfilling the rights set out in the Convention.
Copies of the reports and of the comments and suggestions
made by the Committee on the Rights of the Child are
published by the Office of the High Commissioner for
to the Committee on the Rights of the Child
Alternate NGO reports
In addition to reports from governments, the Committee
invites UN agencies and 'other competent bodies' to
provide input into the reporting process. Non-governmental
Organisations have been particularly active in this
regard, forming national
coalitions to make independent assessments of progress
and submitting their own alternative
to view the most recent data on children's rights
and well-being and to search UNICEF's key statistical
databases offering detailed country-specific information.