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UN formally recognises Rights of Street Children
by Consortium for Street Children
The General Comment on Children in Street Situations has now been published by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
A General Comment is the UN’s legal advice to governments around the world on how to ensure that street connected children have access to the same rights as all children.
At present, many Governments simply do not recognise that street children have the same human rights as others – and this is the first time in history that street children have received this level of recognition.
This is a momentous occasion for street-connected children. It is the culmination of seven years of dedicated campaigning, ground-breaking consultation, and collaboration between street-connected children, the street child NGOs, civil society agencies, the private sector and the UN.
The Consortium for Street Children brought together member NGOs, academics, advocacy specialists, politicians and more to work towards this – and it’s taken more than a decade.
The work included organising direct consultations between the UN and over a 1000 street children around the globe, to ensure the UN listened directly to the views of the children themselves.
The UN listened, and now, for the first time, the UN has issued much-needed, authoritative guidance to Governments, informing them on how best to bridge this gap and realise the over 100 million street-connected children’s rights.
Our work is far from over, however. This guidance is just the beginning of our new phase of work – to work with our Network and with Governments to make sure the guidance is implemented and becomes a reality for street children around the world.
We already have the commitment of one government – the Government of Uruguay, to implement the General comment in full – and we call on other governments to follow their lead to do the same.
* Access the general comment on children in street situations: http://bit.ly/2clnJdr
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The 2017 Joint Child Malnutrition Estimates
by Unicef, WHO, SUN Network
In May 2017, the inter-agency team (UNICEF-WHO-The World Bank Group) released the new joint global estimates for child stunting, malnutrition, wasting and severe wasting (May 2017 edition).
Good nutrition allows children to grow, develop, learn, play, participate and contribute – while malnutrition robs children of their futures and leaves young lives hanging in the balance.
Stunting is the devastating result of poor nutrition in early childhood. Children suffering from stunting may never grow to their full height and their brains may never develop to their full cognitive potential. Globally, approximately 155 million children under 5 suffer from stunting.
These children begin their lives at a marked disadvantage: they face learning difficultie in school, earn less as adults, and face barriers to participation in their communities.
Wasting in children is the life-threatening result of hunger and/or disease. Children suffering from wasting have weakened immunity, are susceptible to long term developmental delays, and face an increased risk of death they require urgent treatment and care to survive. In 2016, nearly 52 million children under 5 were wasted and 17 million were severely wasted.
The estimates from 1990 to 2017 reveal that we are still far from a world without malnutrition.
The new joint estimates cover indicators of stunting, wasting, severe wasting and overweight among children under 5, and reveal insufficient progress to reach the World Health Assembly targets set for 2025 and the Sustainable Development Goals set for 2030.
Improving children’s nutrition requires effective and sustained multi-sectoral nutrition programming over the long term. Regular data collection is critical to monitor and analyse country, regional and global progress going forward.
* View the key 2017 findings: The dashboard generates graphs and charts, using the latest joint estimates for stunting, wasting and severe wasting. Prevalence and numbers are presented by different country groupings: http://bit.ly/2sX1Qph
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