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Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2017

Children’s Institute/Cornell/2017
© Children’s Institute/Cornell/2017
UNICEF South Africa Country Representative Herve Ludovic de Lys addressing the launch of the 2017 Child Gauge Report in Cape Town.

29 November 2017 - “Survive, Thrive, Transform” is the fitting theme of this year’s South African Child Gauge, an annual publication that provides critical insights into the situation of children in the country.

Addressing the launch, UNICEF Country Representative Herve Ludovic de Lys praised the Child Gauge for “providing critical data and insight in our efforts achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Attended by over 150 representatives of civil society, academia and government, the launch provided an opportunity for frank and interactive discussion on what more needs to be done to ensure that children in South Africa are able to thrive. Also present were youth reporters from the Children’s Radio Foundation and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital who posed questions to the speakers. 

Children’s Institute/Cornell/2017
© Children’s Institute/Cornell/2017
UNICEF South Africa Chief of Child Protection and Social Policy, Mayke Huibregts being interviewed by a youth reporter from the Red Cross Children’s Hospital at the launch of the 2017 Child Gauge Report in Cape Town.

Published by the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town, with support from UNICEF and other partners, the Child Gauge is an annual review that has for the past 12 years comprehensively documented the situation of children in South Africa. UNICEF was visible through an exhibition table at which publications were disseminated and queries answered on the work of the organisation both globally and nationally.

Other speakers included the Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and head of the National Planning Commission, Minister Jeff Radebe as well as Professor Linda Richter from the University of the Witwatersrand.

In his closing remarks, Mr de Lys noted that “the energy, capacity and genuine dedication with regard to the welfare and the development of the child exists at all levels of society, and the gaps, challenge and recommendation documented in the Child Gauge are very useful to nurture solutions that work and forge new and innovative children-sensitive social protection approaches”. 

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Press release: Invest in children for sustainable development

South Africa Child Gauge 2017

Remarks by UNICEF South Africa Country Representative, Herve Ludovic de Lys [PDF]

 

 
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