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Launching of the 2011 State of the World’s Children - UNICEF

Friday February 25, 2011


What? - In the International Year of Youth, UNICEF launches the State of the World’s Children 2011. The theme this year is “Adolescence - An Age of Opportunities”. The report examines the challenges faced by children when they enter the second stage of their lives. It highlights the risks and vulnerabilities as well as the opportunities that adolescence offers both for the adolescents and for their communities.


When? -  February 25, 2011.


Who? -  The State of the World’s Children (SOWC), is an annual publication of the United Nations Children´s Fund, UNICEF. For this edition adults and adolescents collaborators offered their point of view about the problems adolescents face in relation to protection, education, health and, participation.


Where? - The launching will take place in Geneva, Switzerland and, simultaneously in the rest of the world.


Why? - According to the United Nations, adolescents are people between 10 and 19 years old and, they are a priority. However, not all of them have access to a quality education, healthcare, protection and, participation.


The State of the World’s Children 2011 echoes this reflection and exposes the dangers that adolescents face: the traumas that take up 400,000 lives every year, the pregnancies and childbirths at an early age which is one of the main causes of mortality among adolescent girls; the pressures that prevent 70 million adolescents from going to school; the exploitation and violent conflicts and, the violence that is suffered in areas where they should fill protected.


Activities from LACVOX friends

1. Write reports about the subject with recommendations to improve things you consider are not right and, how to do it, etc.

2. Make interviews to people in your community who could help better the situation of adolescents (the school’s principal, the Mayor, Youth Minister, etc.).

3. Make interviews to other adolescents to know their opinions about the situation they are living and how they think it can be improved.

4. Make interviews to other adolescents that have been through difficult situations as described above and, that have been able to overcome it thanks to the help of people or an organization(s).


Filmed reports and written reports with or without pictures are accepted, until February 24, 2011.


Please contact:

Ana María Ortiz, aortiz@unicef.org

Laura Martinez, lacvox@unicef.org




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