20 Years - The Convention on the Rights of the Child


State of the World's Children Report

Photo Panels: Challenges of disparities

Child mortality
among the poor is at least 1.9 times higher than among the rich in more than half of 90 countries with sufficient data to make an assessment.
Underweight prevalence
is more than twice as likely for under-fives who are poor than for those who are rich in developing countries.
Piped drinking-water connections
are more than twice as accessible for urban households than for rural ones.
Improved sanitation facilities
are almost twice as accessible for urban dwellers than for rural ones in developing countries.
HIV prevalence
among young women in Eastern and Southern Africa is 3 times higher than among young men.
Comprehensive knowledge of HIV
among young men in South Asia is twice the rate of young women.
Youth literacy
among young men is 1.2 times higher than among young women in the least developed countries.
Net secondary school attendance
in Latin America and the Caribbean for boys is 6 percentage points lower than for girls.
Child marriage
among young women living in rural areas of the developing world is twice that of young women from cities.
Birth registration
is almost twice as likely for children born in cities than those born in rural areas.
Attendance of skilled health personnel at delivery
for women from the richest income quintile in developing countries is 2 times higher than for the poorest developing countries.
Lifetime risk of maternal death
is 300 times greater for women living in the least developed countries than it is for those from industrialized countries.


The Convention’s evolution, progress achieved on child rights, challenges remaining, and actions to be taken to ensure that its promise becomes a reality for all children are looked at closely in a series of panels in the report, available in a single PDF as well as in separate PDF’s.

Photo Panels

Key facts demonstrating the progress achieved on child rights and the challenges remaining are presented in a series of photo panels.