Thirty years have passed since The State of the World’s Children began to
publish tables of standardized global and national statistics aimed at providing
a detailed picture of children’s circumstances.
Much has changed in the decades since the first indicators of child well-being
were presented. But the basic idea has not: Credible data about children’s
situations are critical to the improvement of their lives – and indispensable to
realizing the rights of every child.
Data continue to support advocacy and action on behalf of the world’s