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Annual flagship report

The State of the World's Children 2004

Girls, education and development

The State of the World’s Children 2004 presents girls' education as one of the most crucial issues facing the international development community.  Go to Press Kit

The report argues that the theories, policies and practices of development have been marked by gender discrimination and that the standard approach to development has focused on economic growth rather than human welfare. Through The State of the World's Children 2004, UNICEF calls on every nation engaged in development to make the education of all children - with an emphasis on girls - a major focus of investment. 

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The State of the World's Children 2004
La situation des enfants dans le monde 2004
Estado Mundial de la Infancia 2004

Report available as single PDF document:

Press Release: English | French | Spanish

Overview: English | French | Spanish

Press Summary: English | French | Spanish [PDF]

Key Messages: English | French | Spanish

Regional Info

Sub-Saharan Africa: English | French | Spanish [WORD]

Central and Eastern Europe, Commonwealth of Independent
States and Baltic States:
English | French | Spanish [WORD]

East Asia and the Pacific: English | French | Spanish [WORD]

Latin America, Caribbean: English | French | Spanish [WORD]

Middle East and North Africa: English | French | Spanish [WORD]

South Asia: English | French | Spanish [WORD]

For further information, please contact:

Alfred Ironside, UNICEF Media, New York (+1 212) 326-7261
Allison Hickling, UNICEF Media, New York  (+1 212) 326-7224
Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, New York  (+1 212) 326-7452




See also

Economic and social statistics on the countries and territories of the world, with particular reference to children’s well-being, are published annually in UNICEF's flagship publication, The State of the World’s Children.

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