Global annual results report 2019: Goal Area 3

Progress, results achieved and lessons from 2019 by Goal Area 3: ensuring that every child is protected from violence and exploitation


Goal Area 3 aims to ensure that every girl and boy is protected from violence and exploitation in keeping with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and supports the achievement of multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goals 5, 8 and 16. Two years into implementation of the UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2018–2021, Goal Area 3 had progress rates of over 90 per cent for two of the three result areas. Progress was slowest in the result area on access to justice, specifically on legal aid and birth registration. 

UNICEF worked in over 150 countries in 2019 in its efforts to protect children against violence and exploitation at an expense of nearly US$708 million and reached 17 per cent more children who experienced violence with health, social work or justice and law enforcement services, compared to 2018.  

This report summarizes how UNICEF and its partners contributed to Goal Area 3 in 2019 and reviews the impact of these accomplishments on children and the communities where they live.

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