Put world's poorest children at heart of new development goals: UNICEF

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A woman with a baby. UN Photo/Sylvain Liecht

Despite global progress in the area of development, millions of children still live in poverty, suffer from chronic malnutrition and die before their fifth birthday, the UN children's agency (UNICEF) warns.

Its latest report Progress for Children: Beyond Averages calls on the global community to focus more attention on the most disadvantaged children as it creates a new development roadmap for the next 15 years.

The agency estimates that nearly 70 million more children under five will die from mostly preventable causes by 2030 if action is not taken.

Dianne Penn reports.

The report is UNICEF's final study on the child-related Millennium Development Goals for which the deadline is this year.

It says the world's most disadvantaged children should be at the heart of the new Sustainable Development Goals to be adopted by the UN General Assembly in September.

Anthony Lake is UNICEF's Executive Director.

"If the recent trends continue, and by recent and adding in population growth, 68 million more children under five will die from mostly preventable causes by 2030; an estimated 119 million children will still be chronically malnourished; a half a billion people will still be defecating in the open, posing serious risks to children's and others' health, and it will take almost 100 years for all girls from sub-Saharan Africa's poorest families to complete only their lower secondary education."

The UNICEF chief says action today would help reduce intergenerational cycles of poverty.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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