Nearly two-thirds of children lack access to welfare safety net, risking ‘vicious cycle of poverty’

Photo UNICEF Wathiq Khuzaie A joint ILO-UNICEF report is urging action to ensure that social protection reaches all children, like 6-year-old Mustafa who works with his father in an industrial area of Baghdad, and protects them from poverty and deprivation.

More than six in 10 children globally lack access to social protection, leaving them particularly vulnerable to falling into chronic poverty, the UN said on Wednesday, warning also that some governments are cutting State cash entitlements, amid continuing economic uncertainty.

In a joint report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), data shows that although a welfare safety net exists for 35 per cent of youngsters overall, that figure drops to 28 per cent in Asia and just 16 per cent in Africa.

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Children are still dying from the effects of pollution

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that about 1.7 million children under the age of five die as a result of environmental pollution every year. These conditions have been analyzed and found to result not only from pollution incidences and accidents, but also from long periods of oblivious exposure to the toxic substances released during the accidents. The Minamata, Bhopal and Chernobyl disasters are examples of accidents that still exert fatal consequences on their respective environments.

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