UNICEF / RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

18-Nov-2019 00:01:54
There have been historic gains overall for the world’s children since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 30 years ago. However, many of the poorest children are yet to feel the impact, according to The Convention on the Rights of the Child at a Crossroads, a new report released today. UNICEF
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FILE – UNICEF - APRIAL 2019, KYIV, UKRAINE

1.Close up, measles vaccine being prepared
2.Med shot, young people being treated for measles at Lviv Oblast Clinical Hospital for Infectious diseases
3.Med shot, child being treated for measles at Lviv Oblast Clinical Hospital for Infectious diseases
4.Close up, child being treated for measles at Lviv Oblast Clinical Hospital for Infectious diseases

FILE – UNICEF - 22 MARCH 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE

5.Med shot, children outside among destruction from Cyclone Idai
6.Med shot, children outside among destruction from Cyclone Idai
7.Med shot, destroyed roof with children in background
8.Med shot, destroyed roof of classroom, Beira, Mozambique

FILE – UNICEF - DECEMBER 2018, BANGLADESH

9. Med shot, hole in the classroom that was washed away by flooding in Umedpur village
10.Wide shot, flooded corrugated makeshift structure, the Arial Khan river

FILE – UNICEF - SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES

11.Wide shot, Climate March in Lower Manhattan
12.Wide shot, Climate March in Lower Manhattan
13.Med shot, Greta Thunberg at climate march at UN headquarters

FILE – UNCIEF - OCTOBER 2019, KANANGA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

14.Med shot, child being measured for malnutrition
15.Close up, malnourished child

FILE – UNICEF - AUGUST 2019, HASAKEH, SYRIA

16. Wide shot, high angle shot of tents in Al-Hol camp
17. Med shot, child walking through Al-Hol camp.
18. Med shot, a girl with her empty jerry can
19. Med shot, a girl fills her jerry can from a water tank in Al-Hol camp.

FILE – UNICEF - MARCH 2019, ALEPPO, SYRIA

20.Wide shot, child outside pre-fabricated classrooms to reopen Issam Al-Nadri School, Aleppo
21.Wide shot, children in courtyard of Issam Al-Nadri School, Aleppo
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There have been historic gains overall for the world’s children since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 30 years ago. However, many of the poorest children are yet to feel the impact, according to The Convention on the Rights of the Child at a Crossroads, a new report released today (18 Nov)

Part of commemorations marking the 30th anniversary of the CRC, the report looks at the undeniable achievements of the past three decades, proof that where there is political will and determination, children’s lives improve.

Citing progress in child rights over the past three decades, the report notes that the global under-five mortality rate has fallen by about 60 per cent. The proportion of primary-school-aged children not in school decreased from 18 per cent to 8 per cent. The guiding principles of the CRC – non-discrimination; the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and the right to protection – have influenced numerous constitutions, laws, policies and practices globally.

However, the report notes, this progress has not been even. In low and middle-income countries children from the poorest households are twice as likely to die from preventable causes before their fifth birthday than children from the richest households. According to recent available data, only half of children from the poorest households in sub-Saharan Africa are vaccinated against measles, compared to 85 per cent of children from the richest households. Despite a decline in child marriage rates globally, the poorest girls in some countries are more at risk today than they were in 1989.

The report also addresses age-old and new threats affecting children around the world: Poverty, discrimination and marginalization continue to leave millions of the most disadvantaged children at risk: Armed conflicts, rising xenophobia and the global migration and refugee crisis all have a devastating impact on global progress. Children are physically, physiologically and epidemiologically most at risk of the impacts of the climate crisis: Rapid changes in climate are spreading disease, increasing the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events, and creating food and water insecurity. Unless urgent action is taken, the worst for many children is yet to come.

Although more children are immunized than ever before, a slowdown in immunisation coverage rates over the past decade is threatening to reverse hard-won gain in children’s health: Measles vaccination coverage has stagnated since 2010, contributing to a resurgence of the deadly disease in many countries. Almost 350,000 cases of measles were recorded in 2018, more than double the total in 2017.

The number of out-of-school children has stagnated and learning outcomes for those in school remain poor: Globally, the number children who are not in primary level has remained static since 2007. Many of those who are in school are not learning the basics, let alone the skills they need to thrive in today’s economy.

To accelerate progress in advancing child rights, and to address stagnation and backsliding in some of these rights, the report calls for more data and evidence; scaling up proven solutions and interventions; expanding resources; involving young people in co-creating solutions; and applying the principles of equity and gender equality in programming. But it also recognizes that while all these elements are necessary to bring about change, our rapidly changing world also requires new modalities to confront emerging opportunities and challenges, and to truly embed the rights of children as a global cause again.

To find these pathways, over the next 12 months UNICEF plans to undertake a global dialogue on what it will take to make the promise of the convention a reality for every child. The discourse will be inclusive, involving children and young people, parents and caregivers, education and social workers, communities and governments, civil society, academia, the private sector and the media. And it will influence the way the organization does business in the future.
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