Innovation to drive change for most disadvantaged children

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MOZAMBIQUE, 2007. Children view images they recorded on a digital video camera, at 7 de Setembro Primary School in Maputo, the capital. They are participating in a UNICEF-supported arts initiative. © UNICEF/NYHQ2007-2521/THIERRY DELVIGNE-JEAN

Urgent action is needed to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation, the UN Children's Fund has said.

Launching The State of the World's Children Report on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF said that new global networks should be created to promote innovation which benefits young people around the world.

Examples of innovations include a device invented by two teenage girls in Colombia, to help people with hearing impairments navigate safely through busy urban areas, floating schools that provide year-round access to education for children living in flood-prone regions of Bangladesh and a urine-powered generator invented by four teenage girls in Nigeria.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said that in an ever-more connected world, local solutions can benefit those children everywhere who still face inequity and injustice.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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