Children in an Urban World

UNICEF launches 2012 State of the World’s Children report

28 FEBRUARY 2012 | A new report from PMNCH member UNICEF has shed light on the disparities within cities depriving many children from access to health care, education and sanitation, despite living alongside these services.

UNICEF’s 2012 edition of its annual flagship publication, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World’ (SOWC), turns on its head the notion that all children who live in cities are necessarily better off than those in rural communities. It shows that, although disadvantaged children may live minutes away from schools and clinics, for example, they are cut off from them by poverty and discrimination.

It also calls attention to the lack of data on conditions in slums, particularly as it relates to children, and it calls for a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding poverty and inequality in cities and increased political will to improve the lives of the most marginalized.

UNICEF marked the release of this groundbreaking report at a launch event in Mexico City, calling for greater emphasis on identifying and meeting the needs of the roughly one billion children living in urban areas worldwide

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