The State of the World's Children 2002


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This issue of The State of the World's Children calls for leadership from all continents and all sectors of society. It illustrates the many and varied ways that people have shown their commitment to children's welfare. The Report emphasizes the need to give children the best possible start in life, to ensure that every child completes a basic education, and to involve children - adolescents in particular - in the decisions that affect their lives. The State of the World's Children notes that no single government or organization can achieve those goals on their own, but together we can build a world fit for children. This report includes statistical data, text figures, maps and excerpts from the regional high level meetings that were held in 2000-2001 in preparation for the Special Session on Children.

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“To change the world with children”

Since the earliest days of its existence, UNICEF has called the world’s attention to the situation of children – to the many of them bruised by the operation of national societies and the global economy, to the ways in which they have suffered because of their parents’ poverty, to how their health has suffered through lack of food or immunization and their development through poor health, abuse and neglect, and lack of education–and has taken action to offset the damage. During the 1980s, UNICEF focused its energies on the child-health revolution, driven by the knowledge that easy-to-understand processes such as immunization, breastfeeding and oral rehydration therapy would save the lives of millions of infants. The achievements were remarkable, demonstrating that when political will, knowledge and resources converge, seemingly intractable problems could be solved.

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