Not a single country is doing enough to protect children’s lives and their futures, according to a landmark report from a WHO-UNICEF-Lancet commission.
Despite that bleak assessment, the report urges countries to learn from some countries’ successes.
South Korea, Norway, and the Netherlands fared best in terms of children’s health care, education, and nutrition.
But these and other rich countries are overdue on addressing their outsize role in climate change: the "biggest inequity that we need to confront today,” said commission member Sunita Narain.
It threatens every child on the planet and especially those in poor countries, which are contributing least to climate change, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.
Other key investments for child wellbeing:
- Universal health care
- Paid parental leave
- Quality data on children’s health and wellbeing
- Regulations to protect children from predatory marketing