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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Why participation, why now?

In a world in which so many adults are denied the opportunity to participate fully in society – women, for example – isn’t encouraging participation for children a step too far? At a time when 150 million children in developing countries are still malnourished, when there are still 120 million primary-school-age children out of school, when 6,000 young people become infected with HIV each day, when children are suffering in war or working in hazardous conditions, why is it so vital to listen to the voices and opinions of children?

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