World Children 2005 report launched [Archives:2004/799/Community]

December 16 2004

By Fahmia al-Fotih
For the Yemen Times

UNICEF has released an annual report every year to highlight the plights of children globally. Each year the report focuses on key areas that negatively affect the lives of children.
Yemeni Deputy Minister of Information, Hussain Basaleem and UNICEF representative Ramesh Shrestha, launched the State of World Children 2005 report on Dec. 11.
This year's report focused on the lives of children impacted by poverty, armed conflict and spread of HIV infection. The English and Arabic version of the report is available now.
Mr. Ramesh said, “the convention on the rights of the child now adopted by all countries around the world except two, offers a new definition of childhood based on the principles of human rights Yet in many countries around the world, children are under constant threat of being marginalized, exploited and are exposed to violence mainly due to growing poverty and conflict. In many countries there is added insult due to the exposure of children to HIV and AIDS.”
He further said “The report that we are launching here today was globally launched earlier this week by UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy in London with this launch here Yemen joins 150 countries of the world whose state of the world's children is launched nationally to share import facts and figures on development efforts dedicated to children and what can be done collectively to realize the rights of the child everywhere.”