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Forum Post: UNICEF: US Among Highest Child Poverty Rates in Developed Countries

Posted 6 years ago on May 30, 2012, 7:36 p.m. EST by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA
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  • Common Dreams staff A new report released this week by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reveals alarming child poverty rates within affluent, or 'developed', nations. The US ranks second highest among all measured countries, with 23.1 per cent of children living in poverty, just under Romania's 25.6 per cent.

The report Report Card 10 shows roughly 13 million children in the European Union (plus Norway and Iceland) lack basic items necessary for their development. 30 million children – across 35 countries with developed economies – live in poverty.

“The data reinforces that far too many children continue to go without the basics in countries that have the means to provide,” said Gordon Alexander, Director of UNICEF's Office of Research.

UNICEF: Tens of millions of children living in poverty in the world’s richest countries

As debates rage on austerity measures and social spending cuts, a new report reveals the extent of child poverty and child deprivation in the world’s advanced economies. Some 13 million children in the European Union (plus Norway and Iceland) lack basic items necessary for their development. Meanwhile, 30 million children – across 35 countries with developed economies – live in poverty.

Report Card 10, from UNICEF’s Office of Research, looks at child poverty and child deprivation across the industrialized world, comparing and ranking countries’ performance. This international comparison, says the Report, proves that child poverty in these countries is not inevitable, but policy susceptible - and that some countries are doing much better than others at protecting their most vulnerable children. [...]

In doing so UNICEF’s Office of Research tries to estimate what percentage of children are falling significantly behind what can be considered normal for their own societies. [...]

“The report makes clear that some governments are doing much better at tackling child deprivation than others,” said Mr Alexander. “The best performers show it is possible to address poverty within the current fiscal space. On the flip side, failure to protect children from today’s economic crisis is one of the most costly mistakes a society can make.”




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[-] 4 points by gestopomillyy (1695) 6 years ago

america has to spend its money on wars in syria and iran and afganistan. who cares about the poor kids here? they will be needed to populate the armies of the future. if you give them a chance to succeed, they will not become fodder for the war machine and we cant have that.

[-] 3 points by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA 6 years ago

Unfortunately your reply rings true.

[-] 2 points by JadedCitizen (4277) 6 years ago

Sobering...we really live in a dreadful country where our politicians can live with any results as long as this includes them getting reelected.

[-] 1 points by tj200later (17) 6 years ago

A growing proportion of the global population looks on in wonder and amazement as the children of the greatest nation in the history of Western Civilization become quite literally poorer, dumber and what would seem to be ironically fatter at the same time.

There is no irony there, however. Anyone who truly understands our history will affirm that fat people never revolt:


[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22853) 6 years ago

Children are the most vulnerable because they have no voice of their own. In a society where materialism and wealth for the few is prioritized over the needs of the many, this is what you get. The children are in poverty because our economic system has failed their parents.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 6 years ago

A Visual Representation & a Report re priorities that are 'Totally Outta Whack' :

One is reminded of Mahatma Gandhi's rejoinder when he was asked as to what he thought about Western Civilisation - he replied : "I think that it would be a good idea" !!

fiat justitia ...

[-] -1 points by beautifulworld (22853) 6 years ago

Good links and you made me laugh.