Millions of children in richest countries live in poverty

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Children in the ex-mining town of Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire, England,

About 30 million children across 35 countries with developed economies live in poverty, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

In a report released on Tuesday, UNICEF says 13 million children in the European Union plus Norway and Iceland lack basic items necessary for their development.

Gordon Alexander, Director of UNICEF’s Office of Research, says the report analyzes levels of child poverty in industrialized countries using traditional measures of household incomes.

The report, Mr. Alexander adds, also looks at issues of deprivations that matter to children's lives.

"That in particular could be issues like having a change in a pair of shoes, whether a child has the opportunity to go on holiday or whether they eat three meals a day, some very basic measures of deprivation. The report both looks at those and asks the question are we making enough progress both at the time of crisis but also looking into the future are we going to reach the target we set ourselves under the 2020 in terms of Europe but more broadly in terms of social inclusion agenda."

Duration: 29"

Europe 2020 is the European Union's growth strategy for the next decade to achieve what it calls "a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy".

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