New UNICEF report to shine spotlight on challenges faced by urban children

The annual flagship report of the United Nations Children?s Fund (UNICEF) will this year focus on the challenges and disadvantages faced by children worldwide who live in cities and other urban areas.

Photo: UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

The annual flagship report of the United Nations Children"s Fund (UNICEF) will this year focus on the challenges and disadvantages faced by children worldwide who live in cities and other urban areas.

More than a billion children, or over half the global population of minors, are now estimated to live in urban areas, according to UNICEF, which is releasing the report entitled "The State of the World"s Children 2012" on Tuesday.

Not all children living in urban areas are benefiting from the economic expansion in cities, UNICEF said in a statement issued ahead of the report"s release.

"In this increasingly urban world, the absence of a sustained focus on child rights means that some children are being left behind," the statement noted.

The report documents the struggles that urban children face in upholding their rights to survival, health, nutrition, education and protection.

"Although cities and towns generally offer better options for schooling, medical care and recreation, those already disadvantaged " including children living in slums and informal settlements, migrant children, or children living or working on the streets " are unlikely to enjoy the benefits," the statement said.

One of the report"s editors, Abid Aslam, said it was disturbing that so many children worldwide were being born into "extremely harsh" urban conditions, especially in slums, where homelessness, exploitative labour and gang violence are common.

"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," he said.





Source: UN News

Comments

Spero News
 

Disney drops 'Good Luck Charlie'

Most popular show on television in its time-slot for youth under 15.

Conference to focus on advances for Paraguayan electronic media

An international conference on digital migration will take place in Paraguay on July 4, just as the South American country concludes an agreement with El Salvador to share electronic content.

Mexico: Food prices sky-rocket

Tomatoes are going for $5.77 per kilo in Mexico.

On Heaven and Earth: an excerpt

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, before his election to the papacy as Francis, conversed with Rabbi Abraham Skorka on the commonalities of Jewish and Catholic faith.

Archeologists excavate prison made famous in Count of Monte Cristo

The soil beneath Chateau d'If has never been excavated.

Ebola aid workers hacked to death in Guinea

A group from the United States, along with journalists and local Guinean officials, were chased down and hacked to death by people in Guinea. A rumor had spread that the aid workers were deliberately infecting Guineans with Ebola.

Muslim religious leader refutes Obama's reading of Islam

Imam Anjem Choudary refuted Obama by saying that the Koran teaches 'terrorizing the enemy is in fact part of Islam.' Killing innocents is okay with Choudary.

This page took 0.1250seconds to load