The Special Session of the United Nations
General Assembly in May 2002 was an incomparable historic occasion. For
the fi rst time, the General Assembly gathered with the exclusive intent
of discussing children's issues. In the resulting outcome document, Heads
of State and Government committed themselves to building 'A World Fit for
Children' and set targets in vital areas of children's well-being and development,
to be achieved during the decade ending in 2010. Five years on, UNICEF
is responsible for reporting on progress towards these commitments. It
is able to do so thanks to improved data collection and analysis, identifi
ed as a priority during the Special Session.
There is much good news to report on
the four overarching categories of goals and targets set forth in 'A World
Fit for Children', although the progress being reported is often mixed.