UNICEF Bulgaria Annual Report 2019
2019 was a special year for children all over the globe, as the world celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified human rights treaty which has helped transform children’s lives around the world Today the world is a better place for most children because since 1990 the global community has managed to reduce deaths of children under 5 with 50%, to almost halved the proportion of undernourished children and to provide access to cleaner drinking water to 2.6 billion people more compared to 30 years ago.
But millions of children are still left behind, as worldwide 262 million children are out of school, more than 93 million children living with disabilities are facing daily discrimination and are often effectively barred from realizing their rights to health care, education and even survival. As natural disasters occur more frequently in the last decades, extreme weather events constitute a threat to access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for children all around the world1.
Therefore, UNICEF continues to work hard in more than 190 countries and territories to protect children’s rights, to help meet their needs, to provide access to education for all children and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. And we never give up.