Quote of The Day, May 30, 2012
The data reinforces that far too many children continue to go without the basics in countries that have the means to provide. The report also shows that some countries performed well – when looking at what is largely pre-crisis data – due to the social protection systems that were in place. The risk is that in the current crisis we won’t see the consequences of poor decisions until much later….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.- – Gordon Alexander, director of UNICEF’s Office of Research, as quoted in a press release about a new UNICEF report.
This new report reveals the fact that over 15% of children across the 35 industrialized countries live in relative poverty. The same study concluded that the United States, at 23%, has the second-highest child poverty rate in the developed world.