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Celebrating Childhood

A Journey to end Violence Against Children

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A book about what ending violence against children takes, means and brings. It’s a celebration of childhood and a manifesto for a world where children can grow with dignity and free from violence. Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Study on Violence against children, this book gathers inspiring testimonies of people whose talent and time are bringing us closer to a world of non-violence for all children. It shows that violence is not an inevitable fate and that positive change is happening. By focusing on concrete and diverse examples of how personal commitment can transform the world, we aim to unleash the same potential in many other people, inviting and inspiring them to get engaged, to use their time and talent and actively contribute to achieve zero violence against children by 2030.

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The transformative power of early childhood development in building peace in the world

On this auspicious occasion – the 27th anniversary of Convention on the Rights of the Child and the first anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations General Assembly, we can rightly celebrate the impressive gains achieved for the children of the world. The mortality rate for children under 5 years of age worldwide has declined from 12.7 million in 1990 to 5.9 million in 2015. Immunization coverage increased from 16 percent in 1980 to 84 percent in 2012. Improvement and nutrition have led to a 37 percent drop in stunting since 1990. The number of children out of school declined by almost half from 102 million to 57 million.

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