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"The principle of ‘all children, all rights’ is still much too far from being a reality."
Secretary-General Kofi Annan in "The Progress of Nations 2000"

Vital Statistics

  • Over half-a-billion children in developing countries are struggling to survive on less than $1 per day.
  • About 2 million children in developing countries die every year from a lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate hygiene and sanitation facilities.
  • Over 110 million primary school age children worldwide are not enrolled in school.
  • 500,000 children under 15 years of age died from AIDS in 1999, and 3.8 million died since the beginning of the epidemic.
  • 11 million children die each year from largely preventable causes.
  • More than 33 million children suffer from vitamin A deficiency, placing them at risk of blindness and death from such common diseases as measles and diarrhoea.
  • An estimated 250 million children aged 5 to 14 are working around the world.
  • Close to 2 million children have been killed in armed conflicts during the past decade.