By Anja Baron and Melissa Gorelick

NEW YORK, USA, 23 September 2010 – At UNICEF’s closing event for the UN Millennium Development Goals summit last night, experts and world leaders gathered to highlight the importance of reaching the world’s most disadvantaged and hardest-to-reach children in order to achieve the MDGs with equity by 2015.

Held at UNICEF headquarters in New York, the signature event – a high-level panel entitled, ‘Children and the MDGs: Reaching the Most Vulnerable’ – focused on recent data revealing inequities that still exist for children in the developing world.

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The number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthday has fallen by a third since 1990, the United Nations Children Fund has said. But the rate of decline is still way off a globally agreed target set to be met by 2015, Unicef said in a report on Friday.

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Advancing towards the Goals

A new UNICEF study has arrived at a surprising and significant conclusion: An equity-based strategy can move us more quickly and cost-effectively towards meeting Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 – reduce child mortality and improve maternal health – than our current path, with the potential of averting millions of maternal and child deaths by the 2015 deadline.

Reaching the most deprived and most vulnerable children has always been UNICEF’s central mission. But recently it has become an even more pivotal focus of our work, as emerging data and analysis increasingly confirm that deprivations of children’s rights are disproportionately concentrated among the poorest and most marginalized populations within countries.

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Kul Chandra Gautam, Convening Chair, contributed an op-ed piece in the November 18 2009 eidition of Terra Viva.

Time for USA to Ratify Child Rights Convention
by Kul Chandra Gautam

November 20th this year marks the 20th anniversary of the world's most universally ratified human rights treaty, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Many American scholars and experts were actively involved in drafting the CRC, and the US government played a leadership role in negotiating and shaping it. But there will be no celebrations to commemorate this treaty in America today. Indeed, most U.S. citizens remain unaware of this great human rights treaty which their country helped create.

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Archbishop Felix Machado participated in the civil society panel at the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child held on Friday 20 November at the United Nations.

Archbishop Felix Machado, member of the Planning Committee, represents the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children in the panel held in New York. Click here for more detail of the Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the CRC.