Countdown Country Profiles

Dec 12, 2017

This resource features detailed country and equity profiles on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health for the 81 countries that account for 95% of all maternal deaths and 90% of all child deaths. Each profile presents the latest data on the country’s progress toward improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition.

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The State of the World’s Children 2017 Statistical Tables

Dec 10, 2017

The 2016 State of the World’s Children Report contains the latest update to the comprehensive statistics provided by UNICEF on child well-being. The updated statistical tables are available to download.

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WHO/UNICEF JMP interactive website

Jul 13, 2017

The new WHO/UNICEF JMP interactive website allows you to explore the latest country, regional and global statistics (including new data for sub-national regions and wealth quintiles), create and share customised charts, and to download the data for further analysis.

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Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: 2017 Update and SDG Baselines

Jul 12, 2017

The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) 2017 Update is the most comprehensive global assessment to date. It establishes country, regional and global baseline estimates for the new Sustainable Development Goal targets and indicators relating to of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and includes a wealth of new information on the types of facilities people use and the level of service they receive.  The latest estimates show that some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation.

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Water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) data

Jul 1, 2017
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Is every child counted? Status of data for children in the SDGs

Mar 6, 2017

“Is every child counted” provides a status report on the data availability of child related SDG indicators showing that sufficient data is available only for half of those. Many indicators, such as those on poverty and violence cannot be compared, and are either too limited or of poor quality, leaving governments without the information they need to accurately address challenges facing millions of children, or to track progress towards achieving the Goals. The report also identifies priorities for enhancing the collection, analysis and use of data for children.

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Safely managed drinking water

Feb 6, 2017

This Thematic Report on Safely Managed Drinking Water considers the implications of SDG target 6.1, ‘By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all’ and outlines JMP plans for enhanced monitoring of drinking water in the SDG era.


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The State of the World’s Children 2016 Report

Jun 30, 2016

This edition of The State of the World’s Children argues that progress for the most disadvantaged children is the defining condition for delivering on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The data in this report show, unless we accelerate the pace of our progress, the futures of millions of disadvantaged and vulnerable children – and therefore the future of their societies – will be imperilled. The flagship publication contains  the latest update to the comprehensive statistics provided by UNICEF on child well-being.


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The State of the World’s Children 2016 Statistical Tables

Jun 27, 2016

The 2016 State of the World’s Children Report contains the latest update to the comprehensive statistics provided by UNICEF on child well-being. The updated statistical tables are available to download.

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Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water 2015 Assessment and MDG update

Jun 30, 2015

Looking back on 25 years of water, sanitation and hygiene monitoring, the report  provides a comprehensive assessment of progress since 1990.  The MDG target for drinking water was achieved in 2010 but the world has missed the sanitation target by almost 700 million people. In 2015, 663 million people still lack improved drinking water sources, 2.4 billion lack improved sanitation facilities and 946 million still practice open defecation.

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Progress for Children Report

Jun 23, 2015

This eleventh edition of Progress for Children is UNICEF’s final report on the child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It presents latest data that show while the MDGs helped drive tremendous advances in the lives of the world’s children, development efforts in the past 15 years failed to reach millions of the most disadvantaged. The report spotlights where the international community must now focus attention and action to reach the most vulnerable children and achieve sustainable growth.

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The State of the World’s Children 2015

Nov 20, 2014

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this edition of The State of the World’s Children calls for brave and fresh thinking to address age-old problems that still affect the world’s most disadvantaged children. The report is inspired by the work of innovators around the world – who are pushing boundaries and crafting solutions for local problems that reflect urgent global needs – towards a future in which all children can enjoy their rights. The Executive Summary features many of the elements that are highlighted in the main interactive online report, including the extraordinary stories of young innovators. It also presents key statistics on child survival, development and protection for the world’s countries, areas and regions.

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Generation 2030 | Africa: Child demographics in Africa

Aug 12, 2014

Africa, already the world’s second most populous continent with over 1 billion inhabitants, is experiencing a demographic shift unprecedented in its scale and swiftness.

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Global Monitoring of Water Supply and Sanitation: History, Methods and Future Challenges

Aug 11, 2014

International monitoring of drinking water and sanitation shapes awareness of countries’ needs and informs policy, implementation and research efforts to extend and improve services. The Millennium Development Goals established global targets for drinking water and sanitation access; progress towards these targets, facilitated by international monitoring, has contributed to reducing the global disease burden and increasing quality of life.

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

Jul 30, 2014

The MDGs brought together governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector to achieve concrete goals for development and poverty eradication. Much has been accomplished through the concerted and focused efforts of all, saving and improving the lives of many people, but the agenda remains unfinished.

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Data, children’s rights, and the new development agenda

May 20, 2014

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the culmination of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As people look to the future of human wellbeing, data will play an increasingly important part in identifying inequities and in informing and evaluating interventions so these are responsive and accountable to the world’s 2.2 billion children, especially those so far excluded from the benefits of development.

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Children in Africa 2014

May 1, 2014

This 8-page brochure presents key statistics on child survival, protection and development for children in Africa.

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Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation – 2014 Report

May 1, 2014

The world has made great strides in increasing access to drinking water and sanitation for billions of people but progress has been uneven.

This joint WHO/UNICEF report documents the gains that have been made since 1990 and highlights substantive disparities such as those between regions, rural and urban areas and for marginalized groups.

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State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts

Jan 8, 2014

The State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts highlights the critical role data and monitoring play in realizing children’s rights. Credible data, disseminated effectively and used correctly, make it possible to target interventions that help right the wrong of exclusion. Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible – by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, gauging progress and holding duty bearers to account. Making the possible real is up to decision makers.

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WASH Post-2015: Proposed targets and indicators for households, schools and health centers

Jan 1, 2014

An extensive global consultation of over 100 experts and over 60 organisations was facilitated by UNICEF and WHO to develop recommendations for post-2015 goals, targets and indicators for WASH. This factsheet outlines the vision of universal access to safe drinking water sanitation and hygiene and proposes specific measureable targets to achieve this shared vision.

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Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed Progress Report 2013

Sep 9, 2013

Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed is a global movement to end preventable child deaths. Under the leadership of participating governments and in support of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child strategy, A Promise Renewed brings together public, private and civil society actors committed to advocacy and action for maternal, newborn and child survival.

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The Millennium Development Goals 2013; Goal 4 – Addendum

Jun 1, 2013

The UN Secretary General’s Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 highlights how UNICEF, in close collaboration with UN agencies and Member States, is making a direct contribution to the dissemination and use of information for decision making.

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Progress on Sanitation and Drinking – Water – 2013 Update

Jan 1, 2013

WHO and UNICEF monitor access to drinking water and sanitation through the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water supply and Sanitation.

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The Millennium Development Goals 2012; Goal 4 – Addendum

Jun 1, 2012

In this edition of the MDG report, Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations highlights several milestones in the foreword: “The target of reducing extreme poverty by half has been reached five years ahead of the 2015 deadline, as has the target of halving the proportion of people who lack dependable access to improved sources of drinking water. Conditions for more than 200 million people living in slums have been ameliorated—double the 2020 target. Primary school enrolment of girls equalled that of boys, and we have seen accelerating progress in reducing child and maternal mortality.”

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A Snapshot of Drinking Water and Sanitation in Africa – 2012 Update

May 1, 2012

Prepared for the African Ministers’ Council on Water, this snaphot of water and sanitation progress in Africa provides a regional perspective on progress.

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Progress for Children: A report card on adolescents: Number 10, April 2012

Apr 1, 2012

This edition of Progress for Children sets out who adolescents are, where they live, what they do, what their problems are and how their needs are – or are not – being met.

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The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World

Feb 8, 2012

This edition of The State of the World’s Children explores the increasingly urban experience of childhood. Over half the world’s people – including more than a billion children – now live in cities and towns.

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Drinking Water: Equity, safety and sustainability – 2011 Thematic Report

Oct 22, 2011

This thematic report on drinking water highlights the substantive challenges that remain in achieving safe, sustainable and equitable access to drinking water.

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011

Jun 1, 2011

The UN Secretary General’s MDG Report 2011 presents the most up-to-date information on the progress made to reach the Millennium Development Goals by the internationally agreed deadline of 2015.

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The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescents: An Age of Opportunity

Feb 1, 2011

In the foreword to this State of the World’s Children 2011 edition, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF writes: “Adolescence is not only a time of vulnerability, it is also an age of opportunity. This is especially true when it comes to adolescent girls. We know that the more education a girl receives, the more likely she is to postpone marriage and motherhood – and the more likely it is that her children will be healthier and better educated. By giving all young people the tools they need to improve their own lives, and by engaging them in efforts to improve their communities, we are investing in the strength of their societies.

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Progress for Children: Achieving the MDGs with Equity: Number 9, September 2010

Sep 1, 2010

‘Achieving the MDGs with Equity’ is the focus of this ninth edition of Progress for Children, UNICEF’s report card series that monitors progress towards the MDGs.

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2010

Jun 1, 2010

In this sixth edition of the MDG report published annually, a thorough review of the progress made toward reaching the MDGs by 2015 is presented. Sha Zukang, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, writes: “The Millennium Development Goals are still attainable.

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Access to sanitation in countries of East Asia: a snapshot of the status in 2008

Jan 9, 2010

A regional perspective based on new data from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation – Prepared for the 2nd East Asia Ministerial Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene Manila, Philippines.

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