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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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A childhood for every child

Fifteen years have elapsed since the world embraced the terms of childhood as laid down in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the intervening years, children’s rights have been vigorously championed by many, UNICEF among them. Never before have children’s rights been so high on the public agenda; never before have children’s voices been heard as clearly and distinctly by the international community as they were during the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children in 2002.

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