Worlds of influence

Understanding what shapes child well-being in rich countries

A 3-year-old and his family spending time outdoors during the COVID-19 lock down in Denmark.
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The UNICEF Innocenti Report Card series is designed to monitor and compare the performance of economically advanced countries in securing the rights of their children.

A new look at children from the world’s richest countries offers a mixed picture of their health, skills and happiness. Even countries with good social, economic and environmental conditions are long from meeting the targets set in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This series number 16 presents evidence from 41 countries that are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and/or the European Union (EU) that affect child well-being. It assesses children’s chances of survival, growth and protection, whether they are learning, whether their parents have the support and resources to give them the best opportunity for a healthy and happy childhood.

The report also notes that the COVID-19 outbreak and the overwhelming impact on families and children are catastrophic for children’s well-being, affecting their mental and physical health, as well as their development.


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