Of special importance in this issue is the UNICEF study, Childhood Under Threat.
- There are those who dismiss as utopian the conviction [Convention on the Rights of the Child] that the majority – let alone all – of the world's children could actually experience such a childhood as the ideal that infuses the Convention: one of love, care and protection, in a family environment, with ample scope to survive, grow, develop and participate. UNICEF is not among them. But swift and decisive action is
required to reduce the poverty that children experience, protect them from armed conflict and support those orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. Every one of us has a role to play in ensuring that every child enjoys a childhood.