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Child Poverty in Rich Countries 2005

The Proportion of Children Living in Poverty has Risen in a Majority of the World’s Developed Economies

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This Review finds that the proportion of children living in poverty has risen in a majority of the world’s developed economies for which data are available. No matter which of the commonly-used poverty measures is applied, the situation of children is seen to have deteriorated over the last decade. Allowing the kind of poverty that denies a child the opportunities that most children consider normal is a breach of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Reducing child poverty is also a measure of progress towards social cohesion, equality of opportunity, and investment in both today’s children and tomorrow’s world.

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Introduction

This 2005 review of child poverty in rich countries, from the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, finds that the proportion of children living in poverty in the developed world has risen in 17 out of the 24 OECD nations for which data are available. No matter which of the commonly-used poverty measures is applied, the situation of children is seen to have deteriorated over the last decade.

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