Unicef Logo and the text: Children Under Threat. The State of The World's Children 2005.

Poverty Photo
Roger LeMoyne

Millions of children around the world miss out on their childhood as a result of poverty. Poverty deprives them of the capabilities needed to survive, develop and thrive. It prevents them from enjoying equal opportunities. It makes children more vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, violence, discrimination and stigmatization. Read more…

The statistical evidence on children living in poverty confronts us with a stark reality: millions of children are poor; they lack access to safe drinking water, essential vaccines, education and nutrition; they are at risk of being exploited and abused.

This reality calls into question the commitment of governments, the private sector and the international community to act upon the Millennium Development Goals and "A World Fit for Children" agenda. We know what needs to be done; what is needed is the will to turn words into concrete action. Read more…

When governments, civil society and the international community work toward a common goal great feats can be achieved. Children today are half as likely to die before the age of five as they were 40 years ago, largely thanks to better access to health-care services and increased knowledge of the causes of child mortality. Much more can be done if governments fulfil their commitments to children, and each one of us – parents, guardians and educators – hold them accountable to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the vision of what a safe, healthy childhood should look like. Read more…
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UNICEF’s work on early childhood development [Web]

Beyond Child Labour, Affirming Rights [PDF]

Profiting from abuse [PDF]

Children in jeopardy [PDF]

Finance development: Invest in children [PDF]

Poverty reduction begins with children [PDF]

Poverty and Children: Lessons of the 90s for Least Developed Countries [PDF]

“…We need to come together and formulate a plan to ensure the comfort and chance to every single child on the planet… Together I'm sure we can do something...”
girl, 16, India

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Number of children in the world: 2.2 billion.

Number of children living in developing countries: 1.9 billion.

Number of children living in poverty: 1 billion - every second child.

© UNICEF 2004