Tuesday, February 28, 2012

[EQ] State of the Worlds Children 2012: Children in an Urban World - UNICEF

State of the World's Children 2012: Children in an Urban World

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) - February 2012

Full report available in PDF [156p.] at: http://uni.cf/zLwQa6

Website: http://uni.cf/zLR3hJ

Spanish: Estado Mundial de la Infancia 2012

Niñas y niños en un mundo urbano - http://uni.cf/AntFcJ

French: La Situation des enfants dans le monde 2012

Les enfants dans un monde urbain -: http://uni.cf/xG7Gks

 “……..…..The experience of childhood is increasingly urban. Over half the world’s people – including more than a billion children – now live in cities and towns. Many children enjoy the advantages of urban life, including access to educational, medical and recreational facilities. Too many, however, are denied such essentials as electricity, clean water and health care – even though they may live close to these services. Too many are forced into dangerous and exploitative work instead of being able to attend school. And too many face a constant threat of eviction, even though they live under the most challenging conditions – in ramshackle dwellings and overcrowded settlements that are acutely vulnerable to disease and disaster.

The hardships endured by children in poor communities are often concealed – and thus perpetuated – by the statistical averages on which decisions about resource allocation are based. Because averages lump everyone together, the poverty of some is obscured by the wealth of others. One consequence of this is that children already deprived remain excluded from essential services.

Increasing numbers of children are growing up in urban areas. They must be afforded the amenities and opportunities they need to realize their rights and potential. Urgent action must be taken to:

• Better understand the scale and nature of poverty and exclusion affecting children in urban areas.

• Identify and remove the barriers to inclusion.

• Ensure that urban planning, infrastructure development, service delivery and broader efforts
  to reduce poverty and inequality meet the particular needs and priorities of children.

• Promote partnership between all levels of government and the urban poor – especially children and young people.

• Pool the resources and energies of international, national, municipal and community actors in support of efforts to
  ensure that marginalized and impoverished children enjoy their full rights.

These actions are not goals but means to an end: fairer, more nurturing cities and societies for all people –starting with children….”


Executive Summary [PDF]

Chapter 1  Children in an increasingly urban world  

Chapter 2  Children's rights in urban settings  

Chapter 3  Urban challenges  

Chapter 4  Towards cities fit for children

Chapter 5  Uniting for children in an urban world

Statistical tables for 2011 Figures Photographs – Video


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