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The State of the World's Children 2005

Childhood Under Threat

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The 2005 edition of UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children focuses on how poverty, conflict and HIV/AIDS threaten the idea of childhood as a period of time for children to grow and develop to their full potential. In several regions and countries, some of the gains made since the adoption of the Convention on the rights of the child in 1989 are in danger of reversal. The rights of over 1 billion children are violated by being severely underserved of one or more of the basic services required to survive, grow and develop.

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Children living in poverty

Poverty wears a multitude of faces and has numerous dimensions. It threatens all aspects of childhood by depriving children of the capabilities needed to survive, develop and thrive. It entrenches or widens social, economic and gender disparities that prevent children from enjoying equal opportunities and undermines protective family and community environments, leaving children vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, violence, discrimination and stigmatization. Poverty inhibits the capacity of families and communities to care for children. It also poses a threat by exacerbating the effects of HIV/AIDS and armed conflict.

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