A diverse region, with some of the world’s most dynamic economies as well as its least developed countries. Great progress for children, with areas of great need and new challenges, including climate change.
A diverse region with some of the world’s poorest countries as well as richer countries where progress meets striking inequalities. Challenges include the impact of conflict and natural disasters.
Great transformations over the past decades, and great gains for children. Those living in poverty, in rural areas, and ethnic minorities like the Roma have a harder time realizing their rights.
The world’s most unequal region, huge progress has improved the lives of many children, but left behind others, including children living in poverty and those of African or indigenous descent.
Marked by disparities, with some of the world’s richest countries and others contending with widespread poverty and conflict. Inequities based on wealth, gender, and residence leave many children vulnerable.
Countries in South Asia have made impressive gains for children, but there are huge disparities. Millions of children contend with poverty and discrimination due to gender or ethnicity.
National committees work locally to promote children’s rights, raise funds to support UNICEF’s work, and provide visibility to children’s issues worldwide.
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West and Central Africa is home to 403 million people – half of them children. The region will experience a sharp rise in its child and youth populations over the next few decades – a demographic transition that offers a huge opportunity for growth and poverty reduction.