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Carol Bellamy to launch UNICEF flagship report The State of the World's Children 2005 at LSE

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A UNICEF report says childhood is a brutal experience for half of world's children - crucial years destroyed by poverty, conflict and AIDS.

Carol Bellamy, UNICEF executive director, Professor Peter Townsend, professor of international social policy at LSE, and Wilmot Wungko, Liberian refugee and youth activist, will be among other distinguished speakers launching the report on Thursday 9 December at LSE.

The State of the World's Children 2005 addresses the key issues including:

  • Childhood today is under threat for more than 1 billion children. Poverty, conflict, and HIV/AIDS are among the most serious threats undercutting childhood across the globe.
  • One is six children is severely hungry; one in seven has no health care at all; one in five has no safe water and one in three has no toilet or sanitation facilities at home.
  • Children account for nearly half of the 3.6 million people killed in conflicts since 1990.
  • AIDS is now the single largest killer of people ages 15-49 in the developing world.

The launch take place on Thursday, 9 December 2004 from 11am-12 noon in the Vera Anstey Room, LSE, London WC2.

The report will be available online at http://www.unicef.org/| 


For further information, please contact:

  • UNICEF Media, New York: +1 212 326 7261
  • Alfred Ironside, UNICEF Media: +1 646 247 2975
  • Jehane Sedky-Lavandero, UNICEF Media: +1 917 660 5307
  • Wivina Belmonte, UNICEF Media, Geneva: +41 22 909 5712
  • Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, New York: 1 212 326-7452
  • Gerrit Beger, UNICEF Media: + 44 7903 162610


The State of the World's Children is UNICEF's annual flagship publication. It is the most comprehensive survey of global trends affecting children. In addition to analysis of major issues, it provides a complete almanac of up-to-date statistical data on children.

This year's launch of The State of the World's Children will be UNICEF executive director Carol Bellamy's tenth.

Note to broadcasters: The event will be broadcast live on the APTN feed, and live TV interviews for individual broadcasters can be arranged.

Press cuttings

Children . . .any hope for better tomorrow? (20 Dec)
Reference to the The State of the World's Children 2005 research and Peter Townsend.

Right approach to global child poverty (13 Dec)
Letter from Professor Peter Townsend, on the strengths of the Unicef report on blighted childhood. 

Washington Times, US (12 Dec)
World's wars menace children
Reference to UNICEF commissioned LSE-University of Bristol report on the threats facing the world's children. 

Medical News Today 
Childhood is a brutal experience for half of world's children, UNICEF (11 Dec)

The Herald
UNICEF accused over the death of millions (10 Dec)
Reference to research by Unicef, LSE and Bristol University, The State of the World's Children 2005.

At risk: 1,000,000,000 of the world's children (10 Dec)
Reference to executive director of Unicef, Carol Bellamy launch of The State of The World's Children in London.

The Mirror (10 Dec)

New York Times (10 Dec) 

Channel News Asia, Singapore (10 Dec) http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/121560/1/.html| 

ABC Online, Australia (10 Dec) 

BBC Mundo.com
(Spanish) (9 Dec) 

Al Jazeera (9 Dec)  

The Globe and Mail, Canada  (9 Dec)

San Francisco Chronicle, US (9 Dec)

Unicef report: 1bn children suffering (9 Dec) 

Children under attack from AIDS, war, poverty (9 Dec)
More than 1 billion children are suffering from the deprivations of HIV/ AIDS, poverty and war, which threatens to debilitate the future of entire nations, according to a UNICEF report on The State of the World's Children for the year 2005 released on Thursday. UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in a statement released ahead of the launch of the report at LSE.

News24, South Africa
One billion kids suffering (9 Dec)

Le Figaro (10 Dec), CNN (9 Dec), AllAfrica.com (9 Dec), El Tiempo (9 Dec),India Express (9 Dec), Yahoo News  (9 Dec)

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