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Photo: Kurdish girl. Iraq, 1997. Copyright Sebastiao Salgado/Amazonas
Photo: Kurdish girl. Iraq, 1997. Copyright Sebastiao Salgado/Amazonas

This page is background information, last updated in May 2002 and still available for reference. For the latest on the Special Session on Children, please go to the Special Session index.

How is your country doing?

Since the World Summit for Children and the entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, information on the situation of children around the world has become much more readily available.

The Plan of Action of the World Summit for Children called for each country to establish appropriate mechanisms for the regular and timely collection, analysis and publication of data required to monitor relevant social indicators relating to the well-being of children. Over the last ten years, UNICEF and its partners have helped establish international agreement on a common set of indicators by which to measure progress. They have also helped Governments build national capacity for data collection and analysis and strengthen their own reporting mechanisms.

National reports

Early in 2000, governments were asked to undertake national reviews of progress in implementing the World Summit Declaration and Plan of Action. Reports on these reviews have now been submitted and used in the preparation of the Secretary General's Report to the General Assembly's Special Session on Children.

NB: To date, a total of 159 reports on end-decade reviews of follow-up to the World Summit for Children have been received by UNICEF from UN member States and Observers--refer to the list of reports received (PDF format). Please note that only reports received as final versions and in electronic format are included here. Additional reports will be added to this page as they are received. Reports are available in PDF and/or Word. In some cases the statistical annex is offered as a separate document. Reports in Arabic or Russian language are available only as Word documents. To read reports in Arabic or Russian, software that enables the user to read the appropriate fonts is required.

National reports

PDF (country, language)

Word (country, language)


Reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Almost every country has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In so doing, they have committed themselves to providing regular reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child. These reports describe progress towards fulfilling the rights set out in the Convention. Copies of the reports and of the comments and suggestions made by the Committee on the Rights of the Child are published by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Alternate NGO reports

In addition to reports from governments, the Committee invites UN agencies and 'other competent bodies' to provide input into the reporting process. Non-governmental Organisations have been particularly active in this regard, forming national coalitions to make independent assessments of progress and submitting their own alternative reports.

National coalitions

Alternative reports


Visit http://www.childinfo.org to view the most recent data on children's rights and well-being and to search UNICEF's key statistical databases offering detailed country-specific information.

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