The State of the World's Children 2003
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Health, education, healthy environment

School enrolment
Proportion of children enrolled in or attending primary school, 1995–2001


Under 50%


50% - 74%


74% - 89%


90% and over


No data


Countries where fewer than 40% of girls are enrolled in school and/or the gender gap is greater than 10%, 1997–2000




CO2 emissions


Countries emitting more than 1 billion metric tonnes of CO2, 1996–1998


Countries emitting 100 million–999 million metric tonnes of CO2, 1996–1998


Source: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, 2001.


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Birth registration

Clubs for children

Immunization 2001

 In a statement made at the UN Special Session on Children, children asked world leaders to ensure every child’s right to health care, education and healthy environments.

  • Children who are not registered at birth are denied their identity, a recognized name and a nationality – all imperative for participation in society. In 2000, over 50 million babies were not registered, 41% of births worldwide.
  • Nearly 120 million primary-school-age children are not in school, 53% of them girls.
  • Millions of children under five die each year from diseases easily preventable by vaccines.
  • Increases in greenhouse gases – such as carbon dioxide – caused by human activities contribute to global warming and climate change, which may lead to famines and other catastrophes.
  • Children’s participation, for example in peer groups, is essential to their healthy growth and development.

This map does not reflect a position by UNICEF on the legal status of any country or territory or the delimitation of any frontiers. Dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.