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

Increasing numbers of children are growing up in urban areas. They must be afforded the amenities and opportunities they need to realize their rights and potential. Urgent action must be taken to:

  1. Better understand the scale and nature of poverty and exclusion affecting children in urban areas.
  2. Identify and remove the barriers to inclusion.
  3. Ensure that urban planning, infrastructure development, service delivery and broader efforts to reduce poverty and inequality meet the particular needs and priorities of children.
  4. Promote partnership between all levels of government and the urban poor – especially children and young people.
  5. Pool the resources and energies of international, national, municipal and community actors in support of efforts to ensure that marginalized and impoverished children enjoy their full rights.

These actions are not goals but means to an end: fairer, more nurturing cities and societies for all people – starting with children.

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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)


Adolescents and Youth
Child Protection
Urban Violence