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The State of the World's Children 2016

A Fair Chance for Every Child

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The State of the World’s Children 2016, a UNICEF flagship report, argues that progress for the most disadvantaged children and families is the defining condition for delivering on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Millions of children’s lives around the world are blighted for no reason other than the country, gender or circumstances into which they are born. Failure to reach them now will fuel intergenerational cycles of disadvantage that will imperil their future and the future of the world.We have a clear choice to make: Invest in accelerated progress for the children being left behind, or face the consequences of a far more divided and unfair world by 2030.

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Child health: A fair start in life

When it comes to children realizing their right to survive and develop, the odds are stacked against those from the poorest and most disadvantaged households. That any child should face diminished prospects of survival or decent health because of the circumstances of his or her birth is grossly unfair and a violation of that child’s rights. It is also costly in human, economic, social and political terms. Sustainable progress for today’s children and future generations requires a focus on equity – giving every child a fair chance. Reaching the most marginalized children is more than an ethical imperative; it is a precondition for meeting the 2030 goals on child health and well-being.

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