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The State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts - Revealing disparities, advancing children’s rights

UNICEF’s Latest Data Reveal Disparities, Show Need to Innovate to Advance Children’s Rights

As 25th anniversary of children’s rights convention approaches, vast progress made but reaching unreached children will require sharper focus on disparities, new report says


NEW YORK, 30 January 2014 – Declaring that 'every child counts', UNICEF today urged greater effort and innovation to identify and address the gaps that prevent the most disadvantaged of the world's 2.2 billion children from enjoying their rights.
The children's agency, in a report released today, highlights the importance of data in making progress for children and exposing the unequal access to services and protections that mars the lives of so many.
“Data have made it possible to save and improve the lives of millions of children, especially the most deprived,” said Tessa Wardlaw, Chief of UNICEF’s Data and Analytics Section.  “Further progress can only be made if we know which children are the most neglected, where girls and boys are out of school, where disease is rampant or where basic sanitation is lacking.”
Tremendous progress has been made since the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was signed in 1989 and in the run up to the culmination of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. UNICEF's flagship report, The State of the World's Children 2014 in Numbers shows that:
- Some 90 million children who would have died before reaching the age of 5 if child mortality rates had stuck at their 1990 level have, instead, lived. In large measure, this is because of progress in delivering immunizations, health, and water and sanitation services.
- Improvements in nutrition have led to a 37 per cent drop in stunting since 1990.
- Primary school enrolment has increased, even in the least developed countries: Whereas in 1990 only 53 in 100 children in those countries gained school admission, by 2011 the number had improved to 81 in 100.
Even so, the statistics in the report, titled "Every Child Counts: Revealing disparities, advancing children's rights," also bear witness to ongoing violations of children's rights:
- Some 6.6 million children under 5 years of age died in 2012, mostly from preventable causes, in violation of their fundamental right to survive and develop.
- Fifteen per cent of the world’s children are put to work that compromises their right to protection from economic exploitation and infringes on their right to learn and play.
- Eleven per cent of girls are married before they turn 15, jeopardizing their rights to health, education and protection.
Data also reveal gaps and inequities, showing the gains of development are unevenly distributed:
- The world’s poorest children are nearly three (2.7) times less likely than the richest ones to have a skilled attendant at their birth, leaving them and their mothers at increased risk of birth-related complications.
- In The Niger, all urban households but only 39 per cent of rural households have access to safe drinking water.
- In Chad, for every 100 boys who enter secondary school, only 44 girls do – leaving them without an education and without protections and services that schools can provide.
The report notes that "being counted makes children visible, and this act of recognition makes it possible to address their needs and advance their rights." It adds that innovations in data collection, analysis and dissemination are making it possible to disaggregate data by such factors as location, wealth, sex, and ethnic or disability status, to include children who have been excluded or overlooked by broad averages.
The report urges increased investment in innovations that right the wrong of exclusion.
"Overcoming exclusion begins with inclusive data. To improve the reach, availability and reliability of data on the deprivations with which children and their families contend, the tools of collection and analysis are constantly being modified – and new ones are being developed. This will require sustained investment and commitment," the report says.
Much of what is known about the situations of children comes from household surveys, and in particular the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS). Designed and supported by UNICEF, MICS are conducted by national statistical authorities and provide disaggregated data on a range of topics affecting children's survival, development, rights and experience of life. To date, MICS surveys have been conducted in more than 100 countries. In the last round of MICS, interviews were completed in more than 650,000 households in 50 countries.
Thirty years have passed since The State of the World’s Children began to publish tables of standardized global and national statistics aimed at providing a detailed picture of children’s circumstances. With the release of an edition of the report dedicated to data, UNICEF is inviting decision-makers and the general public to access and use its statistics - at - to drive positive change for children.
"Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible – by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, and gauging progress. What matters most is that decision-makers use the data to make positive change, and that the data are available for children and communities to use in holding duty-bearers to account,” the report said.
Broadcasters:  A video news story is available at

To read The State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts - Revealing disparities, advancing children’s rights and to see additional multimedia material, please visit:  

For information on MICS, please visit 
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UNICEF joined children’s rights advocates around the world in applauding the news that children will soon be able to file complaints with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, securing their right to make their voices heard. Attached please find UNICEF news note and the news release of the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. For your information, Turkmenistan has not yet ratified the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure. News notes are in English, French and Spanish.

Children’s rights boosted as UN body now able to hear individual complaints

GENEVA (14 January 2014) – Children whose rights have been violated will soon be able to complain to a key UN Committee after a new legal instrument on the rights of the child was ratified by the required 10 countries. 

Costa Rica became on 14 January* the 10th country to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, meaning that it will take effect in three months. 

Children or their representatives will be able to submit complaints to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which will then decide whether to review the case. Where a violation is found, it will recommend that the State concerned takes action to remedy the situation. 

“The Optional Protocol gives children who have exhausted all legal avenues in their own countries the possibility of applying to the Committee,” said CRC Chair Kirsten Sandberg. “It means children are able to fully exercise their rights and are empowered to have access to international human rights bodies in the same way adults are under several other human rights treaties,” she added. 

“It is a major step forward in the implementation of children’s rights, but at the same time we urge States to develop their own systems to ensure that children’s rights are respected and protected and that their voices can be heard,” Ms Sandberg said, noting that it is the primary responsibility of States to address child rights violations. 

Individual children or groups of children will be able to submit complaints about specific violations of their rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and under the Optional Protocol on children in armed conflict and the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child pornography and child prostitution. But they can only complain to the CRC if their government has ratified the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure. 

“We applaud the countries that have ratified it and call on other States to take this step too,” Ms Sandberg said. The CRC Chairperson stressed that the Committee’s overriding concern would be the best interests of the child. 

“We will have child-sensitive procedures and also safeguards to ensure the child is not being manipulated or used to make the complaint. And at all times we will work for the rights of the child and take that child’s views into account,” said Ms Sandberg. 

The Committee may ask the State to take interim measures to protect the child or the group of children or prevent any reprisals. At the end of the review, if the State concerned is found to have violated the Convention, the Committee will issue specific recommendations which the State must implement. 

The Committee on the Rights of the Child is composed of 18 international independent human rights experts who monitor the implementation of the Convention and the Optional Protocols by States parties. 

Countries that have ratified the Optional Protocol as of 14 January 2013: Albania, Bolivia, Gabon, Germany, Montenegro, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Slovakia and Costa Rica.

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Ministerial Education Conference
Including all children in quality learning
10-13 December 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

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Turkmenistan children's participation at the UN Side Event on Youth Voices on Post 2015

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Facts for life book with child care practices
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Worldwide estimates show that 1 billion children experience abuse in their lives. In Eastern and Southern Africa recent data indicates that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18.

Important progress has been made in deepening the understanding of violence against children. More has been learnt as well when it comes to solutions to the problem and what can be done to address it. And yet, violence against children still lacks traction on the public policy agenda and responses are not always effective. Why and what can be done?
[11:32:13 AM] gulyalek: The Debate: Violence against Children - TRAILER

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UNICEF and private sector partnership in wide dissemination of child care messages
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 17 September 2013 – More health workers and families in Turkmenistan will benefit from the improved knowledge on child care practices described in the globally trusted publication “Facts for Life” which has been launched today by the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, UNICEF and the German company RWE DEA AG. The joint launch also signifies UNICEF’s increased partnership with the private sector for the wellbeing of Turkmenistan’s children.
The Facts for Life, adapted from the fourth global edition, contains simple and clear messages on child care practices, including safe delivery, birth, breastfeeding, early childhood development, protection, immunization, HIV/AIDS prevention and other live saving measures that will help health workers and other caretakers to reduce under five child mortality and prevent diseases. The launch and the wide distribution of the publication are particularly timely in the light of the Government of Turkmenistan’s joining the global movement “Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed”. A Promise Renewed movement, signed by 176 governments is aimed at accelerating action on maternal, newborn and child survival, enabling more countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals on reducing under five child and maternal mortality by 2015.
“UNICEF advocates for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future. The Facts for Life effectively communicates these simple ‘care for development’ practices that can be easily fulfilled by caregivers and families to achieve children’s full potential in life,” said Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov, UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan in her opening remarks.
UNICEF has established a successful partnership with the German RWE DEA AG Company, which supported the printing of the Facts for Life in the quantity of 20,000 copies making the publication widely available for frontline healthcare workers such as family doctors and nurses, and other caregivers to provide further counselling to families on child care practices throughout the country.
“I am extremely happy to have an opportunity to support the wide spread distribution of the Facts for Life publication. I hope it will be useful and beneficial to many people in Turkmenistan”, said Peter Immerz, General Manager of the RWE Dea AG company.
The Facts for Life dissemination and promotion plan presented during the launch envisions an innovative use child care messages in various platforms, including cascade trainings, featured TV spots and animated films as well as a survey on improved knowledge and skills of caregivers on life saving practices.
For more information please contact:
Ms. Ayna Seyitlieva
UNICEF Communication for Development Officer
Ms. Gulyalek Soltanova
UNICEF Communication Officer
Tel: +99312 425681/82/85/86
Fax: +99312 420830
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