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Opening Remarks by Mr. Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF Representative at the launch of UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children Report 2015 – Reimagine the Future: Innovation for Every Child

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Date: 04 December 2014
Venue: Movenpick Hotel, 83 Ly Thuong Kiet, Ha Noi


  • Your Excellency, Vice-Minister Doan Mau Diep
  • Colleagues, Representatives from the United Nations
  • Representatives from Embassies and the media
  • Distinguished Guests,

Yossoup speechThank you for joining us today to celebrate the launch of UNICEF's The State of the World's Children Report 2015, 'REIMAGINE THE FUTURE: INNOVATION FOR EVERY CHILD'.

Twenty-five years ago, world leaders adopted the convention on the rights of the child and in doing so made a commitment to all children: that the world would do everything in its power to promote and protect their rights.

Viet Nam was the first country in Asia and the second in the world to ratify the Convention, on 20 February 1990. Since then, the country has made great efforts to implement the Convention, including most recently the passing of the juvenile court and civil registration laws in National Assembly!

We have witnessed enormous progress for many—thanks largely to major advancements in science, technology, medicine and education and based on the underlying premise of the convention itself—that children have rights.

In this country alone, under five mortality rates have been reduced by two thirds, while 98% of children now attend primary school. More than 95% of children are fully immunized and Viet Nam is polio free since 2000.

However, we know that there remains unfinished business that still leaves millions of Vietnamese children behind in the areas equal access to education, nutrition and water and sanitation. But today the State of the World's Children Report challenges us all to work and think differently to take on that unfinished agenda.

Human beings are born into an increasingly connected world where lines between local and global problems are blurred.

This presents an unprecedented opportunity to foster the creation of movements and new partnerships, to fuel collaboration and connections and to build a global community of innovation for equity.

As this year's report demonstrates, there is an innovation revolution for children already happening, often in unexpected places--bringing important advances and benefits to many.

Our shared goal must be to deliver the fruits of that revolution to every child by changing the way in which we approach innovation, connect innovators and take local solutions to scale.

The state of the world's children's report lays out nine principles including designing new ideas with those whose needs they are intended to address, rooting innovation in local contexts or supporting the sustainability and scale of innovations to maximize benefits, to help ensure that innovation meets the needs and advances the rights of every child especially the most deprived and vulnerable.

The report is filled with stories from innovators of all ages from across the globe who are helping to tackle some of the most pressing problems facing children.

The future for children is already here in Viet Nam and across the globe—taking shape in laboratories, school rooms, design studios and kitchens and in the imaginations of those who just need to be connected to others to turn their ideas into opportunities for every child.

It is up to us what we want to do with it.

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Related info:

  • Innovation can drive change for most disadvantaged children – UNICEF report