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1 in 5 children in rich countries lives in relative income poverty, 1 in 8 faces food insecurity – UNICEF
FLORENCE/NEW YORK, 15 June 2017 – 1 in 5 children in high-income countries lives in relative income poverty and an average of 1 in 8 faces food insecurity, according to the latest Report Card issued by the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti.

At least one in four children live in poverty in the Middle East and North Africa
RABAT, 15 May 2017 – According to a recent UNICEF analysis covering 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa[1], poverty continues to impact at least 29 million children – one in four children in the region. These children are deprived of the minimum requirements in two or more of the most basic life necessities including basic education, decent housing, nutritious food, quality health care, safe water, sanitation and access to information.

Nearly 385 million children living in extreme poverty, says joint World Bank Group – UNICEF study
NEW YORK, 3 October 2016 – Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, according to a new analysis from the World Bank Group and UNICEF. Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children finds that in 2013 19.5 per cent of children in developing countries were living in households that survived on an average of US$1.90 a day or less per person, compared to just 9.2 per cent of adults.  Globally, almost 385 million children were living in extreme poverty.

Translate commitments to invest in children into action, UNICEF urges leaders at Financing for Development Conference
NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 15 July 2015 – At the close of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, UNICEF challenges the international community to turn its promises to invest in children and young people into concrete action that reduces inequities and provides every child with a fair chance in life.

2.6 million more children plunged into poverty in rich countries during Great Recession
ROME/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 28 October 2014 – A new UNICEF report shows that 2.6 million children have sunk below the poverty line in the world’s most affluent countries since 2008, bringing the total number of children in the developed world living in poverty to an estimated 76.5 million.

Africa will be home to 2 in 5 children by 2050: UNICEF Report
JOHANNESBURG, 12 August 2014 – An unprecedented projected increase in Africa’s child population size provides policymakers with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to craft a child-focused investment strategy that enables the continent, and the world, to reap the benefits of Africa’s demographic transition, UNICEF said in a report issued today.

Tens of millions of children living in poverty in the world’s richest countries
BRUSSELS, 29 May 2012 – As debates rage on austerity measures and social spending cuts, a new report reveals the extent of child poverty and child deprivation...

Rich countries letting poorest children fall, says new report
FLORENCE/HELSINKI/GENEVA, 3 December 2010 - A landmark report by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre has found that children in many...

ADB, UNICEF join forces for children with major agreement
NEW YORK, 23 September 2010 – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UNICEF today signed a major agreement, joining forces across Asia and...

New UNICEF report reveals alarming conditions for children in Djibouti
DJIBOUTI, 14 June 2010 – A new report reveals that the majority of children in Djibouti live in abject poverty, which exposes them to life-threatening situations...

Despite progress, millions of children still live in poverty in Egypt, UNICEF study says
AMMAN, 18 February 2010 – A study looking at the impact of poverty on children in Egypt reveals that while significant progress has been made...

33 million children in Bangladesh live in poverty
DHAKA, 25 November 2009 - 33 million children in Bangladesh - about half of all Bangladeshi children - are living in poverty while about one in...

UNICEF conference rings alarm bells on child poverty in South Asia
DHAKA, BANGLADESH 1 November 2009 – New data presented by UNICEF here today shows that 300 million children are trapped in poverty in...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October 2009)
Statement - 16 October 2009

UN agencies and Belgian government combine efforts to bolster food security in Northern Uganda
KAMPALA, 8 February 2007 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Uganda today formalised their partnership to strengthen...

Launch of the State of Children in Serbia Report 2006
BELGRADE, 8 February 2007 – Despite the  important steps that have been taken to improve the status of children in Serbia since the late 1990s,  there are still over 300,000 children today who are living in poverty...

UN General Assembly adopts powerful definition of child poverty
NEW YORK, 10 January 2007 - The UN General Assembly has adopted a powerful definition of child poverty, acknowledging that while poverty harms everyone, children experience poverty differently.

Regional Directors of three United Nations agencies sign the “Lima Act”
LIMA, 23 November 2006 - In the presence of the regional directors of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and UNICEF and President Alan García Pérez, the “Lima Act” was signed in Peru’s Government Palace.

Disparities affecting children cloud economic good news story
HELSINKI/FLORENCE,18 October 2006 - Despite widespread economic upturn in South-Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (SEE/CIS)since the late ‘90s, one in four children under 15 is still living in extreme income poverty according to a UNICEF report released today.

UNICEF calls on religious leaders to work together for peace and development
KYOTO, 26 August 2006 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today called for greater cooperation among religions to protect children from the threats of poverty, disease and violence.

UNICEF Lauds Progress for Uganda’s Children, Urges More Must be Done
KAMPALA, 12 May 2006 – On the occasion of the inauguration of H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as President of the Republic of Uganda, UNICEF said that the new government had a critical opportunity to renew the commitment of Uganda to fulfil and protect the fundamental right of all its children and women to access health, education, safe water, shelter and other essential services.

Survival is Greatest Challenge for Haiti's Children
MONTREAL / MADRID, 22 MARCH, 2006 – Children born in Haiti are more likely to die during early childhood than in any other country in the Western Hemisphere, according to ‘Child Alert: Haiti’, a report released by UNICEF today.

Make poverty history
DUNBLANE, SCOTLAND, 5 July 2005 - Scottish First Minister, Jack McConnell, today joined young people from both the northern and southern hemispheres to hear their views and receive recommendations on what they think the G8 leaders need to do make child poverty history. On this, the eve of G8, the children made an urgent and united call on the G8 leaders to put children first when making their decisions at the G8.

New UNICEF Executive Director begins three-country visit in Southern Africa
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 20 May 2005  – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman makes her first field visit as head of the agency next week, touring three southern African countries where the lives of children are increasingly under threat from an AIDS-driven crisis and where the number of children affected by AIDS is the highest in the world. 

UNICEF welcomes UN Millennium Project "investing in development" report
NEW YORK, 17 January 2005 – UNICEF today welcomed the UN Millennium Project  report directed by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs and his team, calling it an "indispensable road map to reaching the Millennium Development Goals."

The State of the World's Children: Childhood under threat
LONDON, 9 DECEMBER 2004 – Despite the near universal embrace of standards for protecting childhood, a new UNICEF report shows that more than half the world’s children are suffering extreme deprivations from poverty, war and HIV/AIDS, conditions that are effectively denying children a childhood and holding back the development of nations.

Mozambique: 55 children perish daily from unsafe water
MAPUTO/ GENEVA, 20 June 2003 - In Mozambique, unsafe water and poor sanitation is killing almost 55 children every day. The country has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world: 246 out of every 1000 live births die within their first five years. Thirteen per cent of these deaths are directly attributable to a lack of access to clean water, proper sanitation and poor hygiene practices.  (Press Release)

UNICEF Executive Director launches campaign to combat exclusion of children
Monday, 16 June 2003 – Arguing that the exclusion of millions of children in the countries of Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States is undermining the development of those nations, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy joined civil society representatives from 27 countries at the launch of a major regional campaign to “Leave No Child Out“

As G8 leaders discuss global poverty, UNICEF puts spotlight on children in poor countries
NEW YORK, 4 June 2004—While leaders of the world's richest countries gather on Sea Island for the G8 Summit, UNICEF calls on them to remember the plight of children in many of the world’s poorest countries.

Optimism and opportunity in Europe and Central Asia
SARAJEVO / GENEVA, 13 May 2004: As Government Ministers from across Europe and Central Asia gather in Sarajevo for a conference to nail down commitments to children’s rights, UNICEF said the timing could not be more auspicious.

New study shows one billion children suffer effects of poverty
LONDON, 21 October 2003 - Drawing from the largest, most accurate survey sample of children ever assembled, a new UNICEF-sponsored report has found that over one billion children suffer the severe effects of poverty.

Dialogue with children top of agenda in Peru
LIMA, 22 May 2003 - Invited by Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy arrived today in Lima May 27, 2003, to participate in the Dialogue for Children between the Public and Private Sectors, a replica of the Global Dialogue of Special Session on Children in New York, held in May 2002. (News Note)

Elizabeth Gibbons delivers speech to House of Commons on child poverty report
"There are those who argue that poverty and its discontents have always been with us and always will be. Yet today, the persistence and global scale of poverty - and the grotesque inequality that underlies it – is widely recognised not only as a moral outrage, but a growing threat to world peace and stability...." (21 October)




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