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'In brief'

A special online synopsis of messages on leadership from UNICEF's The State of the World's Children 2002.


Leadership from 1990-2000


Some goals set at the 1990 World Summit for Children were met. Many more were not.




The United Nations Special Session on Children


World leaders to agree on how to ensure the rights of every child.




The Global Movement for Children: 'Say Yes for Children'


Social mobilization in every region of the world advances the rights of children.




The magic of leadership


Against all odds and traditions, individuals improve the lot of children.




Acts of leadership


How does any one decision, any choice, affect the lives of children?




Leadership challenges


Poverty, HIV/AIDS and conflict threaten the rights of children.




Good for children, good for the world


Investing in children is the wisest choice governments can make.




It takes a leader to listen


The world looks different from a child's perspective.




The costs of children's silence


Governments must find ways of taking children's views into serious account.




Every nation has a role to play


Governments from both developing and industrialized countries share a responsibility to ensure the rights of every child.

Ten short features: Changing the world

Immunization plus … in the Philippines
Early childhood care in Jordan
Girls' education in Afghanistan
The anonymous teacher in Mozambique
Education and HIV/AIDS in Malawi
Protecting children
Children changing destiny in Liberia
Young Palestinian leaders
Young people rebuilding El Salvador
'Say Yes for Children'

Additional panels are found in the full report, available in print and online.

Graphs and charts of selected measures of the progress made since 1990 in ensuring the rights of children, based on reviews from more than 130 countries.
Full report (PDF or text-only)
The State of the World's Children 2002, available in PDF and text-only versions, reports on the progress that has been made in improving the lives of children and families since the 1990 World Summit for Children. It includes the inspiring successes of the 'Say Yes for Children' campaign that has been launched in over 100 countries. And it presents the worldwide preparations leading to the UN Special Session on Children. Includes a Foreword and reports from the UN Secretary-General, six pages of maps, 25 charts and figures, 40 photos and illustrations, 64 references, a full index and more than 50 quotes from children and young people.
All of the links in the report, extracted to a single page.
Video, audio
Video stories highlighting some of the key messages of The State of the World's Children 2002. Includes an interview with UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy.
Press kit
Includes a PDF of the report, press release, press summary and six sheets of graphics on the major goals of the 1990 World Summit for Children. The press kit is linked to the Special Session web pages for journalists.

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