Global Annual Results Report 2020: Goal Area 1

Ensuring that every child has the right to life, survival and development, and to grow up healthy and strong


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on vulnerable children. While young people are not among those most at-risk of contracting the virus, the social and economic ramifications of the pandemic have been particularly acute for the most vulnerable and marginalized. Shocks to the global economy, to networks and services, to social systems and to parents and caregivers have slowed progress against every measure of child survival, growth and development. Throughout the year, UNICEF redoubled efforts to save lives, maintain critical services and continue strengthening the systems that support children’s ability to survive and thrive. This was accomplished in part through UNICEF’s Goal Area 1, which brings together four interconnected sectors – health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS and early childhood development (ECD) – in support of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2, 3, 4 and 5. 

This report summarizes how UNICEF and its partners contributed to Goal Area 1 in 2020 and reviews the impact of these accomplishments on children and the communities in which they live.

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