The state of the world's children 2016

A fair chance for every child

On 1 January, two boys carry chopped firewood in Kafar Batna village in Rural Damascus.
UNICEF/UN06854/Al Shami


As we look around the world today, we’re confronted with an uncomfortable but undeniable truth: Millions of children’s lives are blighted, for no other reason than the country, the community, the gender or the circumstances into which they are born.

And, as the data in this report show, unless we accelerate the pace of our progress in reaching them, the futures of millions of disadvantaged and vulnerable children – and therefore the future of their societies – will be imperilled.

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