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Política económica y social

Child Outlook - Special Edition, June 2014

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AUTHOR David Anthony, Nicholas Rees - Division of Policy and Practice
TYPE Policy Brief
DATE 2014
TOPIC Budgeting for children

The world is changing at a faster rate than ever before. Globalization, integrated economic systems and social media have made it more interconnected than once thought possible. Along with this, improved health care and the rapid spread of technology and knowledge has meant that more people are living healthier, happier and more prosperous lives. But there are also considerable risks. We may soon face severe limitations in the availability of resources, including energy, food and water. Food prices alone are about one and a half times what they were a decade ago; for children, poor nutrition for even short windows of time early in childhood has significant deleterious effects on their physical and cognitive development. Inequality is widening, despite a rebound in global growth. And, arguably, we could be the last generation with the potential to avert many of the effects of climate
change and environmental degradation.

‘Child Outlook’, a policy briefing on global trends and their implications issued by UNICEF’s Division of Policy and Strategy, is a contribution to that understanding. This ‘Special Edition’, as we mark the 25th anniversary of the CRC on 20 November 2014, evaluates a broad range of future trends identified in a variety of studies and publications from around 30 organizations, including from think tanks, the public sector, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. The objective is to gain a consensus forecast of the most prominent global megatrends, and then take a closer look at how each of these megatrends might hinder, or help, the delivery of essential services crucial to the well-being of children for the next 25 years.

Child Outlook - Special Edition, June 2014