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UNICEF Launches Flagship Publication in London on 14 December

UNICEF: World Turns Its Back On Hundreds of Millions of Exploited Children

Who: Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director 
Karin Landgren, UNICEF Child Protection Chief
Young women from India and Romania who have survived exploitation and exclusion
NGO active in the fight against the exploitation of children
What: International launch of the flagship UNICEF report, The State of the World’s Children 2006

When: Wednesday, 14 December 2005, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Where:  Foreign Press Association, 11 Carlton Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AJ

Why:  Millions of children have become virtually invisible. They are victims of abuse, exploitation and discrimination that rob their safety and dignity. And they are children who are excluded from even the most basic services they need to grow and thrive.

These children are the most impoverished and vulnerable, and most in need of attention. Yet they are also the most forgotten and ignored. They include children who are trafficked, forced into domestic servitude, or who live on the streets and in detention.

The State of the World’s Children 2006 offers a sweeping assessment of the devastating toll that exclusion, abuse and neglect takes on children, as well as on their countries. The report makes clear that far more must be done to reach children who have become excluded and invisible, and outlines critical steps that must be taken.

Background information: The State of the World’s Children is UNICEF’s annual flagship publication. It is the most comprehensive survey of global trends affecting children. In addition to analysis of major issues, it provides a complete almanac of up-to-date statistical data on children.

Note to broadcasters:  The event will be broadcast live by APTN Direct and webcast live on https://www.unicef.org/. B-roll is now available.

For further information, please contact:
Alfred Ironside, UNICEF Media, on assignment in London (+1 917) 476-1635 e-mail: aironside@unicef.org
Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, on assignment in London (+ 1 917) 378-2128 e-mail: kdonovan@unicef.org
Gina Dafalia, UNICEF Media, London (+ 44) 207 312 7695  e-mail:  ginad@unicef.org.uk
Allison Hickling, UNICEF Media, New York (+1 212) 326-7224  e-mail:  ahickling@unicef.org
Oliver Phillips, UNICEF Media, New York (+1 212) 326-7583 e-mail: ophillips@unicef.org





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