The State of the World's Children 2016

A fair chance for every child.

Sitting on a dirt floor outside their classroom, a group of young girl share a meal during lunch time at Salam #9 Primary School for Girls in Abu Shouk camp for Internally Displaced People.


Every child has the right to health, education and protection, and every society has a stake in expanding children’s opportunities in life. Yet, around the world, millions of children are denied a fair chance for no reason other than the country, gender or circumstances into which they are born. The State of the World’s Children 2016 argues that progress for the most disadvantaged children is not only a moral, but also a strategic imperative. Stakeholders have a clear choice to make: invest in accelerated progress for the children being left behind, or face the consequences of a far more divided world by 2030. At the start of a new development agenda, the report concludes with a set of recommendations to help chart the course towards a more equitable world.

View the interactive reports:

The State of the World’s Children 2016: A fair chance for every child

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