More than half the world’s 7 billion people now live in urban areas. What does this mean for children? The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World examines the situation of children growing up in urban settings and finds that denials of children’s rights to survival, health, nutrition, education and protection are widespread. It sheds light on the scale of these urban inequities and suggests ways to ensure that urban childhoods are safe, healthy, participatory and fulfilling.
Over half the world’s people – including more than a billion children – now live in cities and towns. The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World examines the situation of children growing up in urban settings and finds that denials of children’s rights to survival, health, nutrition, education and protection are widespread. It sheds light on these urban inequities and suggests ways to ensure that urban childhoods are safe, healthy, participatory and fulfilling.
UNICEF Annual Report 2011 highlights UNICEF’s continued commitment to achieving greater results for children through its programmes in more than 150 countries and territories. During 2011, UNICEF helped the most disadvantaged children to reach their full potential with interventions to save and enhance their lives, underscoring the importance of expanding efforts to reach the poorest and most remote communities. UNICEF also helped communities affected by crisis to rebuild and strengthen their resilience for the future.
Adolescence is a formative period during which children grow into their rightful place as full citizens and agents of change in their own lives and the lives of their societies. Progress for Children: A report card on adolescents provides an overview of the situation of adolescents, including of their vulnerabilities in critical areas. It makes a compelling case for increased efforts in advocacy, programming and policy, and for investment, to ensure the rights of adolescents and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2012 examines trends in child mortality since 1990, analyses the causes of preventable child death, and outlines strategies to accelerate progress. Child deaths fell from nearly 12 million in 1990 to an estimated 6.9 million in 2011, with reductions in all regions. But reducing that number further will require determined action on the part of governments and partners.
Regular Resources (RR) are essential to UNICEF’s commitment to equity, as the organization aims to give all children, wherever and whoever they may be, the opportunity to survive and thrive. But in a troubling trend, the ratio of these core resources to overall income continues to decline. In an environment of continued fiscal austerity and shrinking budgets, we need the support of our donors more than ever. The 2011 Report on Regular Resources explores RR income and expenditure trends and includes 18 case studies that illustrate the organization’s work across our five focus areas and humanitarian action, all of which have benefitted from the generosity of our RR donors.
Pneumonia and diarrhoea are leading killers of the world’s youngest children, accounting for 29 per cent of deaths among children under age 5 – or more than 2 million lives lost each year. Yet, levels of prevention and treatment remain low, particularly among the poor. This report, a comprehensive assessment of progress in the fight against pneumonia and diarrhea, makes a compelling argument for scaling up key interventions that can reduce the number of preventable child deaths.
Parents and caregivers play critical roles in determining children’s chances for survival and development, and they can also empower children to become architects of their own lives. Inequities in Early Childhood Development: What the data say provides an overview of childcare practices and aspects of children’s home environments based on data gathered through Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys in select countries. It makes a compelling case for effective action and investment in early childhood development.
The Humanitarian Action for Children 2012 reports on UNICEF’s timely and effective response to humanitarian crises in 2011. It also details the resources that will be needed to respond to emergencies in more than 25 countries and territories in 2012, in order to meet the needs of vulnerable children and women and to fulfill their rights to health, survival and development.
Today, around the world, there are 5 million young men and women living with HIV. Opportunity in Crisis: Preventing HIV from early adolescence to young adulthood examines the state of the HIV epidemic among young people, highlighting the challenges they face and presenting solutions informed by evidence of what works with different age groups and in different epidemic settings. The report outlines key steps towards building a continuum of HIV prevention that can help keep children HIV-free as they develop into young adults.
The Innocenti Research Centre undertakes original research to improve international understanding of issues relating to children's rights.
UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2013 highlights the challenges children face in humanitarian situations around the world. It appeals for urgent support that will make a difference in children’s lives.