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UNICEF report 2012

Flagship report focusing on urban children

UNICEF’s report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World’ was launched at the end of February, in Mexico City. One billion children live in urban areas, a number that is growing rapidly.

Almost half the world’s children now live in urban areas, and there is a need for greater emphasis on identifying and meeting their needs. Disparities within cities reveal that many lack access to schools, health care and sanitation, despite living alongside these services.

Traditionally, families and children moved to cities in search of better opportunities, but most urban growth now seems to be the result of children being born to parents who already live in a city. And services aren’t keeping up with this growth.

Read more about the report and download it at the UNICEF website.