NITI Aayog, UNICEF to prepare country’s first report on India’s children’s state


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NITI Aayog, UNICEF to prepare the country’s first report on India’s children’s state: NITI Aayog and UNICEF India will jointly develop and launch the first report on ‘India’s Children’s States: Status and Trends in Multidisciplinary Child Development’. The decision was taken on Friday when the two institutions signed a Statement of Intent (SOI); Reiterating the mutual commitment to realizing the rights of children in India.

The report will develop a framework for understanding health and nutrition, education, water and sanitation, household living standards, and a protective environment for children in states. The effort will contribute to realizing India’s commitments to the 2030 agenda and provide a set of policy recommendations for concrete action in terms of ‘leave no child’ and accelerating the progress of SDGs to achieve their overall development.

Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, in his address, said, “This SDG initiative focused on children is based on our effort to monitor progress through the SDG India Index and dashboard which remains a unique data-driven initiative for triggering. Policy action. This new initiative with UNICEF is built on the ethos of SDG receipts for children and ensures that no child is left behind.

Arjan D Wagt, Officer-in-charge – Deputy Representative UNICEF India said that the comprehensive measurement of the status of children will pave the way for multi-sectoral policies and programs in the areas of health and nutrition, education, safe water, and sanitation, child protection, social security. and climate action to reach the most vulnerable children. We congratulate Niti aayog for this pioneering step and are committed to providing all kinds of assistance.

Explaining the way forward, Unicef India’s Head of Social Policy Hyun Hee Ban said, “One out of every third person in India is a child below the age of 18, while one in every fifth person is a teenager between the ages of 10 and 10. Through this process, we look forward to engaging with various stakeholders, especially children, adolescents, and youth, to jointly find solutions to harness the true potential of India’s demographic dividend.

The collaboration between NITI Aayog and UNICEF India will prepare the modalities, technical analysis, reporting, and action plan for the first report on the first report on ‘India’s Children’s State’ with a focus on multi-faceted aspects of child development such as health, nutrition, education. water and sanitation, safety, and other relevant areas. The project will adopt a holistic society approach involving all stakeholders ranging from central ministries, state government, academics, civil society organizations, and child rights groups.

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