The State of the World’s Children 2016: A fair chance for every child

By 2030, 69 million children under the age of five will have died, 167 million children will be living in poverty and 750 million women will have been married as children, unless the issues facing the most disadvantaged children are tackled says this annual UNICEF report. 

Every child has the right to health, education and protection, and every society has a stake in expanding children’s opportunities in life. Yet, around the world, millions of children are denied a fair chance for no reason other than the country, gender or circumstances into which they are born. The State of the World’s Children 2016 argues that progress for the most disadvantaged children is not only a moral, but also a strategic imperative. Stakeholders 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 world by 2030. At the start of a new development agenda, the report concludes with a set of recommendations to help chart the course towards a more equitable world.

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