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International Community Must Tackle Inequality To Prevent 69M Child Deaths Through 2030, UNICEF Report Says

Associated Press: U.N. report: Tackle inequality to prevent children from dying
“The U.N. children’s agency warned Monday that 69 million youngsters under the age of five will die from preventable causes between now and 2030 if all countries don’t accelerate action to improve health and education for the most disadvantaged…” (6/27).

Deutsche Welle: UNICEF report: Combating inequality will save children’s lives
“A UNICEF report released Tuesday painted a stark picture for the world’s young people — the rate of child marriages has not decreased in decades, the number of children not in school has continued to climb, and millions of children will die from mainly preventable deaths by 2030. The root of all these ills, according to the report, is drastically widening economic inequality…” (6/28).

The Guardian: 69m children will die of preventable causes, says UNICEF
“…In its latest State of the World’s Children report, UNICEF also says 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, the date by which the Sustainable Development Goals to tackle poverty and secure the planet’s future are supposed to have been achieved…” (Chonghaile, 6/27).

New York Times: UNICEF Says Its Development Goals for Children Are at Risk
“…The officials said the 172-page report was an emphatic warning that the so-called Sustainable Development Goals created by the United Nations in 2015 might not be achieved by the 2030 target date…” (Gladstone, 6/27).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: UNICEF finds dramatic inequality among world’s poorest, richest children
“…Poor children are twice as likely as rich children to die before age five, and poor girls are more than twice as likely to become child brides in signs of troubling inequality, said the annual report by the United Nations’ children’s agency…” (Malo, 6/27).

TIME: Preventable Causes Will Kill 69 Million Children Under Five by 2030: UNICEF
“…The report notes that significant progress has been made since the the 1990s. Global mortality rates for children under age five and people living in extreme poverty have decreased by half or almost half, and boys and girls attend primary school in equal numbers in 129 countries. But these advances have been ‘neither even nor fair,’ the report finds…” (Quackenbush, 6/28).

VOA News: UNICEF Warns Disadvantaged Youth Face Death, Poverty
“…UNICEF warns that if current trends continue, and 2030 development targets are missed, nearly 35 million African children could die before their fifth birthdays from mostly preventable causes. Those who do survive will have poor primary school attendance and nine out of 10 will live in extreme poverty” (Besheer, 6/28).

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