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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The Millennium Declaration, adopted in 2000 by all countries as a blueprint for building a better world in the 21st century, was a landmark document. It captured the aspirations of the international community for a world united by common values, striving to achieve peace and a decent standard of living for every man, woman and child. In such a world, the years of childhood hold a special place as an ideal we all hope to realize – a place in which all children are healthy, protected from harm and surrounded by loving and nurturing adults who help them grow and develop to their full potential.

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