NEW YORK, 20 November 2014 – Urgent action is needed to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation, UNICEF said in a new report launched on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Connectivity and collaboration can fuel new global networks to leverage innovation to reach every child, according to the children’s agency.
The State of the World’s Children Report – Reimagine the future: Innovation for every child calls on governments, development professionals, businesses, activists and communities to work together to drive new ideas for tackling some of the most pressing problems facing children – and to find new ways of scaling up the best and most promising local innovations.
The report is a crowd-sourced compilation of cutting-edge innovations and an interactive platform that maps innovations in countries all over the world and invites innovators to put their own ideas ‘on the map’.
"Inequity is as old as humanity, but so is innovation – and it has always driven humanity’s progress," said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. "In our ever-more connected world, local solutions can have global impact – benefiting children in every country who still face inequity and injustice every day."
The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. Since then, there has been tremendous progress in advancing child rights – with a huge reduction in the numbers of children dying before the age of five and increased access to education and clean water.
Read the full press release by UNICEF here
Joint Statement on the occasion of the Universal Children’s Day and the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child- by HRVP Federica Mogherini; Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development; Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management; and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality