Not Forget the Children in Our World.
5 May 2002.
There is some very important information coming out at the moment,
concerning the plight of children around the world. This is something
that we all need to familiarise ourselves with.
The UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recently released a report
called 'We the Children: Meeting the Promises of the World Summit
It is the most comprehensive study ever released on the condition
of children. It shows that the inequalities and poverty faced by many
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| world's young people is
directly related to under-investment in them, especially their health,
education and protection. It recommends that if governments are truly
serious about reducing poverty, then they must make children their
first priority. Here are some of the key statistics related to its
findings: (Please bear in mind that these figures refer to actual
There are 2.1 billion children in the world, accounting for
35 percent of the world's population.
1 in every 4 children lives in abject
poverty (In families with income lower than $1 a day).
In developing countries, 1 in every 3
children lives in abject poverty.
1 of every 12 children dies before
they reach the age of five, mostly from preventable
Out of every 100 children in the world:
· 27 are not immunized against any disease.
· 32 suffer from malnutrition in their first
five years of life.
· 18 have no access to clean drinking water.
· 39 live without adequate sanitation.
· 18 of the children never go to school.
Of these, 11 are girls.
· 25 who begin 1st grade do not reach the
· 17 children never learn how to read.
11 are girls.
· 1 of every 4 children between the
ages of 5 and 14 in the developing world,
· Half of those who work, do full time hours.
Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF, has recently been quoted
as saying that "investing in children is synonymous with investing
in a more prosperous and stable world."
"World leaders today are focused on peace and security, and what
we must do to achieve it. Our view is that they must invest in children.
Children are the key force driving human development and global stability."
Carol Bellamy also said. "It's foolish to think that there is no connection
between the state of the world today and the fact that hundreds of
millions of children are denied an education, are not immunized, and
are malnourished, exploited and raised on diets of poverty and violence."
"If we want to overcome poverty and the instability it breeds, we
must start by investing in our young people," she added.
Nelson Mandela's speech on 'Building
a Global Partnersip for Children',
6 May 2000
Source: UNICEF ( ILO Child Labor Statistics, The State of the World's
Children Report (2001 and 2002)
United Nations ( We the Children: Meeting the Promises of the World
Summit for Children)