Prospects for Children: The Global Outlook
Featured project | An annual analysis of trends shaping the world and their impact on children
What’s next for the world’s children in the year ahead? What are the prospects for the future of child rights and well-being?
In 2021, we produced an analysis of global trends impacting children over the following five years. Since then, we have published annual Global Outlook reports examining how events and emerging trends may unfold over the coming 12 months.
These reports look at the prospects for the world’s children based on a review of the evolving context, and do so at a time of global crisis and rising uncertainty. Repercussions of the pandemic, climate change, the unwinding of democratic expansion, a shaken spirit of multilateralism – all are having a profound and lasting impact on children.
Repercussions of the pandemic, climate change, the unwinding of democratic expansion, a shaken spirit of multilateralism – all are having a profound and lasting impact on children.
In 2024, the prospects of conflict and volatility in energy and food markets have increased, driven by escalating competition among world powers and threatening the rights, lives and well-being of children.
Economic fragmentation jeopardizes progress in reducing poverty and threatens innovation and transition to green energy; democratic backsliding, disinformation and political violence pose threats, and unregulated technologies can undermine child well-being. The multilateral system – built to manage these risks – has faltered.
The world stands at a pivotal juncture: It can choose a path of collaboration or a path that is less united and more protectionist, leaving countries to grapple alone with the consequences of climate change, conflict and resource constraints.
The future of children around the world will hinge on the path the world chooses to take.