SOWC / UNICEF OVERVIEW

25-Feb-2012 00:02:01
Just over half the world's population, including more than a billion children, now live in cities and towns, more people than any other time in human history. Traditionally, people move to cities to improve their lives, but a new UNICEF report shows that urban life also hides great disparities between the rich and the poor. The State of the World's Children (SOWC) report will be launched Tuesday 28 February in Mexico City, Mexico and in New York City. UNICEF
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STORY: SOWC / UNICEF OVERVIEW
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SOURCE: UNICEF
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LANGUAGE: NATS

DATELINE: RECENT / FILE
SHOTLIST
FILE - 30 JUNE 2011, DAKAR, BANGLADESH

1. Wide shot, traffic on street

FILE - 28-31 JANUARY 2012, ABIJAN, COTE D’IVOIRE

2. Wide shot, child in slum

FILE - 30 JUNE 2011, DAKAR, BANGLADESH,

3. Wide shot, street traffic

FILE - 18-24 SEPTEMBER 2011, CHISEC, GUATEMALA

4. Wide shot, family walking along street

RECENT - 28-31 JANUARY 2012, ABIJAN, COTE D’IVOIRE,

Wide shot, pan from building to busy street

RECENT - 31 JANUARY 2012, NEW YORK

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Abid Aslam, Editor, UNICEF State of the World’s Children report:
“Increasingly people are being born into existing urban environments and what is alarming to us is that for far too many children those conditions are extremely harsh.”

FILE – 4 MARCH 2006, NAIROBI, KENYA

6. Wide shot, slum buildings

FILE - UNKNOWN DATE AND LOCATION
7. Med shot, boy sleeping in cart

RECENT, 24-26 JANUARY 2011, LUANDA, ANGOLA
8. Wide shot, boys collecting water in dirty stream

RECENT - 31 JANUARY 2012, NEW YORK

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Abid Aslam, Editor, UNICEF State of the World’s Children report:
“They don’t know often from one week to the next where they’re going to live, much less whether they’re going to be able to go to school, or whether they’re going to have clean, piped water.”

FILE - 26 FEBRUARY 2008, DAMASCUS, SYRIA

10. Wide shot, woman walking child down street

FILE - APRIL 2006, ZHENG ZHOU, CHINA
11. Wide shot, people sitting in street

RECENT - 28-31 JANUARY 2012, ABIJAN, COTE D’IVOIRE

12. Wide shot, child in dirty street

FILE - 21 APRIL 2011, PANAMA CITY, PANAMA

13. Wide shot, children playing football

FILE - 20 DECEMBER 2010, MALPASSE, HAITI,

14. Med shot, woman and child in street

FILE - 31 JANUARY 201, NEW YORK

15. SOUNDBITE (English) Abid Aslam, Editor, UNICEF State of the World’s Children report:
“What this report does is it takes the same analytical lens and applies it to cities. Not to take any focus away from the countryside, but to establish that inequality exists in plain view of some of the most powerful, wealthy, influential and responsible, I would argue, people in society.”

FILE - 18-24 SEPTEMBER 201, JALAPA, GUATEMALA

16. Wide shot, busy street

FILE - APRIL 2006, ZHENG ZHOU, CHINA

17. Wide shot, busy street

RECENT - 28-31 JANUARY 2012, ABIJAN, COTE D’IVOIRE

18. Wide shot, man with bicycle beside busy street

FILE - 16 OCTOBER 2006, DAKAR, BANGLADESH
19. Wide shot, children in crowded slum

FILE - 18-24 SEPTEMBER 2011, GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA

20. Wide shot, girls walk across plaza

FILE - APRIL 2006, ZHENG ZHOU, CHINA

21. Wide shot, children in school

FILE - 30 JUNE 2011, DAKAR, BANGLADESH

22. Wide shot, girls sitting on ground

RECENT - 28-31 JANUARY 2012, ABIJAN, COTE D’IVOIRE

23. Wide shot, children playing football
STORYLINE
Just over half the world’s population, including more than a billion children, now live in cities and towns, more people than any other time in human history.

Traditionally people move to cities to improve their lives, but a new UNICEF report shows that urban life also hides great disparities between rich and the poor.

SOUNDBITE (English) Abid Aslam, Editor, UNICEF State of the World’s Children report:
“Increasingly people are being born into existing urban environments and what is alarming to us is that for far too many children those conditions are extremely harsh.”

Whether it’s because of gang violence, homelessness, or exploitative labour, slum life for children holds many dangers and few certainties.

SOUNDBITE (English) Abid Aslam, Editor, UNICEF State of the World’s Children report:
“They don’t know often from one week to the next where they’re going to live, much less whether they’re going to be able to go to school, or whether they’re going to have clean, piped water.”

The report turns on its head the notion that children who live in cities are better off than those in rural areas. It shows that while disadvantaged children may live near good schools and hospitals, they are cut off from them by poverty and discrimination.

SOUNDBITE (English) Abid Aslam, Editor, UNICEF State of the World’s Children report:
“What this report does is it takes the same analytical lens and applies it to cities. Not to take any focus away from the countryside, but to establish that inequality exists in plain view of some of the most powerful, wealthy, influential and responsible, I would argue, people in society.”

The report identifies the pockets of greatest deprivation in cities. And it encourages political leaders and decision makers to make a greater effort to understand the issues surrounding poverty and to improve the lives of the most marginalized.
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