UNICEF and partners are working to ensure children have clean water worldwide, from trucking in water during emergencies to establishing water pumps and sustainable water systems for generations of families. C – New HIV cases fell by 40% We can create an AIDS-free generation. Goals to help direct humanitarian work for the next thousand years A. There have been great strides to reduce global poverty and improve access to health and education, yet the common misperception is that things are worse. As we move forward, we need to focus on the poorest and most disadvantaged children. Bonus fact: we are also working to eliminate diseases like maternal and neonatal tetanus, measles and rubella. C – 2.6 billion people gained access to clean water Water is life. But is this a positive development or something to be concerned about?
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Goals to help improve the lives of Millennials (people born between 19) B. However, literacy is lowest in least developed countries and higher among males than females. To ensure every child realizes their right to education, UNICEF is working to address inequalities (especially with girls’ education) and reach the most vulnerable (like children caught in conflict and crises). By continuing to support moms and newborns with a mix of tried and true initiatives (like vaccinations) and innovations (like SMS health reporting), we can and will save lives. C – There will be two billion children in 2100 according to projections A false perception is that the world is ‘overpopulated’ or is growing at an alarming rate. *This quiz was inspired by the brilliant minds at Gapminder. For more information on global progress, please refer to The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015.