The State of the World's Children 2003

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Each year, UNICEF’s flagship publication, The State of the World's Children, closely examines a key issue affecting children. The report includes supporting data and statistics and is available in English, French and Spanish language versions.

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Children must be heard

When 10-year-old Mingyu Liao from China addressed the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September 2002, she was one of three representatives from the International Children’s Conference of the United Nations Environment Programme that had drawn more than 400 children from over 80 countries three months earlier. “We all had plenty to say,” the young girl reported, “but the number one thing that all delegates were concerned about is that most leaders don’t listen.”

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