United Nations News Centre – One in five children in rich countries lives in poverty, UNICEF ‘wake-up call’ report shows

15 June 2017 – One in five children in high-income countries lives in relative income poverty, and an average of one in eight faces food insecurity, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The latest ‘Report Card’ issued by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre underscores that rich nations also face challenges meeting global commitments to children.

“Report Card 14 is a wake-up-call that even in high-income countries progress does not benefit all children,” said Sarah Cook, Director of UNICEF Innocenti.

Building the Future: Children and the Sustainable Development Goals in Rich Countriesis the first report to assess the status of children in 41 high-income countries in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified as most important for child well-being. It ranks countries based on their performance and details the challenges and opportunities that advanced economies face in achieving global commitments to children.

“Higher incomes do not automatically lead to improved outcomes for all children, and may indeed deepen inequalities. Governments in all countries need to take action to ensure the gaps are reduced and progress is made to reach the SDGs for children,” she emphasized.

While the report says that on average one in five children in high-income countries lives in relative income poverty, there is wide variation, from one in 10 in Denmark, Iceland and Norway to one in three in Israel and Romania.

…(read more).

see:

Building the Future: Children and the Sustainable Development Goals in Rich Countries, Innocenti Report Card no. 14, UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, Florence (2017).

(2017). Building the Future: Children and the Sustainable Development Goals in Rich Countries, Innocenti Report Card no. 14, UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, Florence

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