ERIC Number: ED407108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The State of the World's Children 1997.
United Nations Children's Fund, New York, NY.
This report on the well-being of the world's children focuses on the issue of child labor and its impact on children's lives. Chapter 1 provides a historical context for children's rights and highlights the need to guarantee the civil, social, economic, and political rights of children. The chapter shows how the world's course toward peace, equality, development, and justice can be helped by the conviction expressed in the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child that children have the same spectrum of rights as adults. Chapter 2 gives an overview of child labor, its practice in developing and industrialized countries, its origins, the importance of basic education as a deterrence to child labor, and potential actions to prevent the practice. It proposes six steps to end child labor: (1) immediate elimination of hazardous and exploitative child labor; (2) provision of free and compulsory education; (3) wider legal protection; (4) birth registration of all children; (5) data collection and monitoring of child labor; and (6) codes of conduct and procurement policies. Chapter 3 provides statistics, such as those on child mortality, immunization, maternal mortality, malnutrition, and school enrollment that chart each nation's progress towards achieving the goals for children set at the 1990 World Summit for Children. (Contains about 100 references.) (Author/KDFB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Child Health, Child Labor, Child Safety, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Children, Childrens Rights, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Foreign Countries, Immunization Programs, Labor Legislation, Literacy, Nutrition, Poverty, Well Being
UNICEF, 333 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016 (U.S., $12.95; United Kingdom, 6.95 British Pounds Sterling).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child