The State of the World's Children Special Edition: Celebrating 20 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Reproductive Health Matters Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: May, 2010 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 35
Topic: NamedWork: The State of the World's Children Special Edition: Celebrating 20 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Report)
Persons: Reviewee: UNICEF
Accession Number: 236247794
Full Text: UNICEF, 2010

To commemorate the Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted in November 1989, UNICEF is dedicating a special edition of its annual report to child rights. The report describes the relevance of the Convention, its impact, and the challenges that remain. It includes expert essays from public and private sector representatives, alongside examples of children's rights situations. More than 70 countries have incorporated children's codes into national legislation based on the Convention, and awareness and advocacy on child protection issues have increased. Considerable progress has been made: the annual number of deaths of children under five has fallen from around 12.5 million in 1990 to 8.8 million in 2008, representing a 28% decline in mortality between 1990 and 2006, 1.6 billion people gained access to improved water sources; globally, around 84% of primary school age children are in school today and the gender gap in primary school enrolment is narrowing. Important steps have been taken to protect children from serving as soldiers or trafficked into prostitution or domestic servitude. In addition, the age of children getting married is rising in some countries and the number of girls subjected to genital mutilation is gradually falling.

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