Progress on Children’s Well-being: Centring child rights in the 2030 Agenda
At the halfway mark towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, two-thirds of child-related indicators are off-pace to meet their targets, according to a new UNICEF report. The data show that as of today, only 6 per cent of the child population – or 150 million children – living in just 11 countries have reached 50 per cent of child-related targets met – the highest level of achievement globally.
The 2023 WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme report on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is the first of its kind, incorporating a comprehensive analysis of gender disparities. Focused on SDG 5’s goal of empowering women and girls, it provides the latest global, regional, and national estimates for households. Read the report to understand how addressing gender inequalities can accelerate progress on WASH around the world.
We stand at the cusp of a data revolution that holds untold potential for social and humanitarian impact. Frontier data technologies are reshaping our world and the way we make decisions. By harnessing these technologies, we can create a better future for children everywhere. UNICEF’s Frontier Data Network is a strategic initiative designed to promote innovation and capacity building in data science, helping us make data-driven decisions that truly benefit children.
We believe that consistent, credible data about children’s situations are critical to the improvement of their lives – and indispensable to realizing the rights of every child.
Children with Disabilities in Eastern and Southern Africa: A statistical overview of their well-being
Eastern and Southern Africa is home to nearly 29 million children with disabilities. This report provides regional estimates and internationally comparable data from four countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. It covers more than ten indicators of child well-being – from nutrition, health and education to protection from violence and discrimination. It offers evidence crucial to decision-making to fulfill obligations, both moral and legal, to give every child an equal chance in life.
This report, a collaborative effort by UNICEF, FAO, IFAD, WFP, and WHO, delves into global food systems, uncovering a concerning increase in global hunger: In 2022, between 690 and 783 million people experienced hunger, a stark rise of 122 million compared to pre-pandemic figures. Understanding these trends and their wide-ranging implications is crucial for developing effective strategies that ensure global food security and nutrition, safeguarding children’s fundamental rights to sufficient and nutritious food.
Despite the global commitment to end violence against children by 2030, the availability of data remains limited. In response, UNICEF has developed the International Classification of Violence against Children (ICVAC). This groundbreaking statistical standard provides operational definitions of various forms of violence and facilitates data collection efforts, helping countries assess their compliance with international standards and generating comparable data to end violence against children around the world.
The practice of child marriage has globally declined: Today, one in five young women aged 20 to 24 years were married as children versus nearly one in four 10 years ago. Despite global advances, reductions are not fast enough to meet the target of eliminating the practice by 2030, and conflicts, climate shocks, and the ongoing fallout from COVID-19 threaten to reverse progress made towards ending the practice. Read our report to learn more about generational trends, regional data and future prospects to tackle the crisis.