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A Program to Create Safer Environments

After completing a training in digital mapping with UNICEF GIS, a mobile and web application, this young person has plenty to smile about. He is one of 111 youth mappers that are working with community leaders and UNICEF to build safer neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His group is the first to be part of this exciting new mapping program.

© UNICEF/CEDAPS

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VIDEO REPORT: In Mexico City, community centres offer learning opportunities to indigenous adolescents, who face a variety of obstacles to education.

UNICEF’s flagship report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World’, was launched on 28 February, focusing attention on children in urban areas. One billion children live in urban areas, a number that is growing rapidly. Yet disparities within cities reveal that many lack access to schools, health care and sanitation, despite living alongside these services. This story is part of a series highlighting the needs of these children.

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Congratulations to the UNICEF Philippines “Children of the City” photo contest winner, 15-year-old Jasmin Hillary Rabena!

What caption would you give this photo?

©UNICEF Philippines/2012/Jasmin Hillary Rabena

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VIDEO REPORT

UNICEF reports on a programme helping children living and working on the streets of Thailand.

This video is part of UNICEF’s flagship report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World’, which was launched on 28 February.  The report focuses attention on children in urban areas. One billion children live in urban areas, a number that is growing rapidly. Yet disparities within cities reveal that many lack access to schools, health care and sanitation, despite living alongside these services. This video is part of a series highlighting the needs of these children.

For more information, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/sowc2012

 

Reaching children living on the streets of Nigeria

Join UNICEF correspondent Suzanne Beukes as she reports on efforts by UNICEF and partners to locate and assist children living on the streets of Lagos.    

For more information, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/sowc2012

UNICEF launches flagship report in Mexico City, warns that cities are failing children

On Tuesday, UNICEF launched its flagship report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World’ in Mexico City, warning that rapid urbanization is leaving millions of disadvantaged children behind. At a press conference in the Presidential Palace, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and President of Mexico Felipe Calderón called for greater focus on children in slums and shantytowns who suffer from the greatest deprivations.

Full story: http://uni.cf/xLkvZC

Children in an Urban World - Part 5 of 5

And, every year, the world’s urban population increases by about 60 million people. Equitable services for all are imperative to realizing child rights. Rocinho is the largest squatter settlement in Rio de Janeiro. Cities are beacons of opportunity and culture, but they also host hundreds of millions of children growing up in scarcity and deprivation. UNICEF advocates for nurturing cities for all – starting with children.

Brazil, 2008 ©UNICEF/Pirozzi

To learn more, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/sowc2012/

Children in an Urban World - Part 4 of 5

Economic shocks also wreak havoc on the urban poor, who spend 50–80 per cent of their income on food. (Left) boys sleep on a moored boat in Dhaka. They live on the streets, often working all night. Cities are beacons of opportunity and culture, but they also host hundreds of millions of children growing up in scarcity and deprivation. UNICEF advocates for nurturing cities for all – starting with children.

Bangladesh, 2006 ©UNICEF/Noorani

To learn more, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/sowc2012/

Children in an Urban World - Part 3 of 5

The urban poor are also among the most vulnerable to natural disasters. Children do laundry in a poor neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince that was heavily damaged in the 2010 earthquake. Cities are beacons of opportunity and culture, but they also host hundreds of millions of children growing up in scarcity and deprivation. UNICEF advocates for nurturing cities for all – starting with children.

Haiti, 2010 ©UNICEF/LeMoyne

To learn more, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/sowc2012/

Children in an Urban World - Part 2 of 5

One third of the world’s urban population lives in crowded slums, lacking improved water or sanitation, secure tenure or safe housing. Children play in the streets in a poor part of Istanbul. Cities are beacons of opportunity and culture, but they also host hundreds of millions of children growing up in scarcity and deprivation. UNICEF advocates for nurturing cities for all – starting with children.

Turkey, 2005 ©UNICEF/LeMoyne