Media advisory: Embargoed briefing on new report ranking child well-being in high-income countries

Embargoed media briefing and Q&A with UNICEF researchers and Report Card 16 authors: Monday 31 August 2020 10:00 EST / 14:00 GMT / 16:00 CEST

27 August 2020

WHAT: An on-the-record pre-embargoed press briefing on UNICEF’s latest in the Report Card Series, Worlds of Influence: Understanding what shapes child well-being in rich countries. The report ranks EU and OECD countries in a league table according to child well-being including their mental and physical health and academic and social skill set. The report will be published at 00:01 GMT 3 September 2020.

WHO: Report authors: Dominic Richardson, Chief of Social and Economic Policy at UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti; Gwyther Rees, Social & Economic Policy Manager at UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti; Anna Gromada, Social and Economic Policy Consultant at UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti.

WHEN: Monday 31 August 10:00-11:00 EST / 14:00-15:00 GMT / 16:00-17:00 CEST

WHERE: Conducted over video and audio conference. To register your interest and receive dial-in details for the briefing, a copy of the press release and report please contact:

Georgina Thompson, UNICEF New York, Tel: +1 917 238 1559,
Dale Rutstein, UNICEF Innocenti, Florence, Tel: +39 335 758 2585,
Kathleen Sullivan, UNICEF Innocenti, Florence, Tel: +39 055 2033 222,

WHY: Innocenti Report Card 16 – Worlds of Influence: Understanding what shapes child well-being in rich countries – offers a mixed picture of children’s health, skills and happiness. For far too many children, issues such as poverty, exclusion and pollution threaten their mental well-being, physical health and opportunities to develop skills. The evidence from 41 OECD and EU countries tells a comprehensive story: from children’s chances of survival, growth and protection, to whether they are learning and feel listened to, to whether their parents have the support and resources to give their children the best chance for a healthy, happy childhood. This report reveals children’s experiences against the backdrop of their countries’ policies and social, educational, economic and environmental contexts.


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