The state of the world’s children report 2012
The United Nations children’s fund (UNICEF) has launched its state of the world’s children report under the theme ‘children in an urban world’ on February 29th.
Urban childhood will be the norm in many countries as more than 50% of the world’s population live in urban areas hence UNICEF is beginning the work to ensure that child rights are integrated in urban planning and services.
Miss Kwin Sandi Lwin the UNICEF representative for the eastern caribbean area says that, the goal that is focused on should be fairer, more nurturing cities and societies for all people, starting with children.
The report highlights the need to understand children in order to collect better data analysts and the removal of barriers to inclusion that will allow youth and children to be more involved in governance.
It calls for governments to work with the urban poor to enable young people to influence urban policy, planning and services and to work together at the international, national, constituency and community level to ensure that children living in the deepest poverty and in the margins of society enjoy their full rights.
Honorable Ambrose George says that the government has put forth necessary standards for creating a safe environment for children.
The report addresses the rights of children in health and nutrition, water sanitation and hygiene, education and child protection.
In addition it highlights the challenges that children risk in terms of economic shock, urban violence and disaster.
In line with the focus on children, young men of the st. Luke’s primary school and the St. Mary’s academy showcased their talent in music and song.