Global News and Reports

A curated list of notable resources


July 2017 Updates

Narrowing the Gaps: The Power of Investing in the Poorest Children.
This report from UNICEF presents compelling new evidence that supports a prediction UNICEF made in 2010: the higher cost of reaching the poorest children with life-saving, high-impact health interventions would be outweighed by greater results. Read the report here.

2016 UNICEF Annual Report.
In 2016, millions of children were threatened and displaced by crises around the world. Millions more faced poverty, deprivation, violence, exploitation and discrimination. The year also marked UNICEF’s 70th anniversary, and the first year of making progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Read the report here.

Building the Future: Children and Sustainable Development Goals in Rich Countries. This latest in the Innocenti Report Card series analyzes inequality in 41 high-income countries. It looks at how far children are falling behind in the dimensions of income, education, health, and life satisfaction. Read the report here.

Reducing Global Poverty Through Universal Primary and Secondary Education.
This paper, jointly released by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, presents the latest estimates on out-of-school children, adolescents, and youth—the out-of-school rate has not budged since 2008 at the primary level, since 2012 at the lower secondary level, and since 2013 at the upper secondary level. Read the paper here.

Aid to Education Is Stagnating and Not Going to Countries Most in Need.
This paper analyzes current levels and trends of aid to education, finding that aid to education has been stagnant since 2010, and the aid that is given often does not go to the countries most in need, worsening the prospects for achieving global education goals. Read the paper here.

Strengthening Peer Learning of Education Policies for SDG 4: The Role of Regional Organizations.
A new GEM Report Background Paper argues that regional organizations should play a key role in setting common goals, establishing coordination mechanisms and peer learning processes essential to help countries achieve progress on SDG 4. Read the paper here.

State of Children's Rights in England.

Children's Rights Alliance for England launched a new report on the review of Government action on United Nations’ recommendations for strengthening children’s rights in the UK. Read the report here.



Children Deprived of Liberty
An update from a GSCDL meeting

UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Period Review

"The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform Our World"
An update from the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Highlights from the Human Rights Council in Geneva

An update from Geneva Peace Talks

An update from the High-Level Panel Discussion on the 5th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education & Training



Safe Spaces: The Urgent Need for Early Childhood Development in Emergencies and Disasters
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Education for All Act passed U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee
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Global Partnership on Children With Disabilities – ECD task force
Global Survey of Inclusive ECD and ECI programs
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Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children
New Briefing from the Global Initiative for the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
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Interactive Tool

To support implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and to make sure every child receives a fair chance, UNICEF launched a new, interactive tool, Mapping the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, that shows how all 17 goals and 169 targets are crucial to the well-being of children. 



Skills for a Changing World
This project of the Center for Universal Education at Brookings and the LEGO Foundation, which conducted a global scan of education policies in over 100 countries, found a shift in policy from a focus primarily on traditional subjects, such as numeracy and literacy, to a much broader range of domains. The project team recently released a new report and interactive tool, Visualizing the Breadth of Skills Movement Across Education Systems, which is a data visualization and analysis of the global movement toward inclusion of a broad range of skills within national education policies. The team is encouraging contributions to map at their interactive website.

Common Bytes
Common Threads is a non-profit organization that provides hands-on cooking and nutrition education to children, families, and teachers in underserved communities launched its new online learning tool, Common Bytes, to bring nutrition education to the classroom. The engaging, research-based digital platform supports core content learning, all while engaging students with interactive recipes, games, videos and more.

UNGEI Fund for Documentation of Good Practice in Girls’ Education
From 2014-16 the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), in partnership with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Gender Equality, launched the UNGEI Fund to provide technical assistance and small grants to 17 organizations and local governments across the globe for the collection and identification of good practice examples in girls’ education. The results and materials - including case studies, a synthesis report, and a documentation guidance note - can be found here.

Platform for Action, Commitments and Transformation (PACT) (
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon launched this interactive platform that allows users to browse through the commitments and allows you to see what governments, NGOs, the UN, and the private sector committed to do at the World Humanitarian Summit. It will serve as a platform for continued engagement around the Agenda for Humanity.

Early Childhood Workforce Initiative (
The International Step by Step Association (ISSA) and Results for Development (R4D) developed this Initiative to support and empower those who work with families and children under age 8 (e.g., home visitors, preschool staff, community health workers), as well as those who supervise and mentor practitioners (e.g., supervisors, mentors and coaches, trainers). This initiative takes a holistic, multi-sectoral approach to bridge gaps in policy and practice and promote high quality, equitable services.

Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
This new cross-sector partnership and fund will provide support to those working to prevent and respond to violence against children and make societies safe for children. A new video, featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson, along with global world leaders, calls upon all governments to ‪#ENDViolence against children. The video can be found at 

ECD in Africa (
This new website brings together several ECD projects—the Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU), the African Scholars and Institutions (AS&I) initiative, and the sub-Saharan African ECD Compendium—plus a link to the recently published background story of the ECDVU: Complexities, Capacities, Communities: Changing Development Narratives in Early Childhood Education, Care and Development, as well as several other free, open access publications.

This site provides educators with global learning resources and programs, with a focus on global citizenship and child rights, TeachUNICEF engages students in an exploration of humanitarian issues and inspires them to take action to improve their world.

UNESCO eAtlas for Education 2030 (!/tellmap/-1210327701)
eAtlas presents the global and thematic indicators identified by the international community to monitor each of the SDG 4 targets. It will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.

SDG Indicators Global Database (
A dissemination platform that provides access to data compiled through the UN System in preparation for the Secretary-General's annual report on "Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals."


Reports and Publications

Human Rights Watch. (2017). Protecting Schools From Military Use: Law, Policy, and Military Doctrine.

Global Partnership for Education, United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative and UNICEF. (2017). Guidance for Developing Gender-Responsive Education Sector Plans. Washington, DC, USA.

United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 2016: Human Development for Everyone.

Save the Children. (2017). Windows Into Early Learning and Development. Cross country International Development and Early Learning Assessment findings fueling progress on ECD access, quality, and equity.

Global Partnership for Education. (2017). Guidance for developing gender-responsive education sector plans, GPE, UNGEI and UNICEF.

European Union. (2017). Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child.

United Nations. (2017). World Happiness Report 2017.

The Lost Years: Secondary Education for Children in Emergencies (2017) Stauffer, Brian, Human Rights Watch. Link.
World Report: Annual Review of Human Rights Around the Globe (2017)
Human Rights Watch. Link.

Partnering for Prosperity: Education for Green and Inclusive Growth (2017)
An extract from the 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report. Link.
Let’s Decide How to Monitor School-Related Violence (2017)
Policy Paper from Global Education Monitoring Report. Link.

Humanitarian Action for Children 2017: Overview (2017)
United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF. Read here.

Information for Accountability: Transparency and Citizen Engagement for Improved Service Delivery in Education Systems (2017)
Global Economy and Development at Brookings. Read the report here.

Small Voices, Big Dreams
ChildFund Alliance surveyed over 6,000 10- to 12-year-olds around the world about their views on school and education. Read the report and watch the video here.

Safe Spaces: The Urgent Need for Early Childhood Development in Emergencies and Disasters
Children's charity TheirWorld reports on the need to prioritize the millions of babies affected by conflicts and disasters. Read the full report here.

The Human Freedom Index 2016
Cato Institute presents this analysis ofthe state of human freedom in the world based on a broad measure that encompasses personal, civil, and economic freedom.

A Practical Guide for Civil Society: How to Follow Up on United Nations Human Rights Recommendations
This guide, issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, focuses on how civil society can follow up on UN human rights mechanisms and mandates. The guide is available here.

Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS)
The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement publishes TIMSS every four years. It is based on tests taken by more than 600,000 students (ages 9-10 and 13-14) in 57 countries. Find more information here.

Go Innovate! A Guide to Successful Innovation for Education
This report, from Cambridge Education, offers insights into the current theory and practice of innovation for education. Drawing on Cambridge Education’s programme experience across many cultures and contexts, it identifies the conditions that have led to successful outcomes when introducing or supporting innovative approaches for education. Read the report here.

Journeys to Scale
A new joint report by R4D’s Center for Education Innovations (CEI) and UNICEF shares the story of five promising innovations, from Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Peru, and Sudan, as they attempt to scale and ultimately improve educational outcomes.

Clear the Air for Children: The Impact of Air Pollution on Children
This new UNICEF report uses satellite imagery to show how many children are exposed to outdoor pollution that exceeds the global guidelines set by the World Health Organization. The satellite imagery confirms that around 2 billion children live in areas where outdoor air pollution exceeds the minimum air quality guidelines. Download the report here.

From the First Hour of Life: Making the Case for Improved Infant and Young Child Feeding Everywhere
A recent UNICEF report found that five in six children under 2 years old are not getting enough nutrition for growth and brain development. Read the report here.

2016 GEM Report's Gender Review
The report shows that education is essential for empowering women to achieve gender equality, which in turn is vital for sustainable development, and contains concrete recommendations. Read the review here.

Outcome of the World Humanitarian Summit Report
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon highlights some of the priority areas that emerged from the Summit and identifies means of advancing the Agenda for Humanity over the coming years. Download the report here.

Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis
This report, from UNHCR, tells the stories of some of the world’s six million refugee children and adolescents under UNHCR’s mandate who are of primary and secondary school-going age between 5 and 17. In addition, it looks at the educational aspirations of refugee youth eager to continue learning after secondary education. Download the report here.

Education for People and the Planet: Creating Sustainable Futures for All
The 2016 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report provides valuable insight for governments and policymakers to monitor and accelerate progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 4, building on the indicators and targets we have, with equity and inclusion as measures of overall success. Read the report here.

Uprooted: The Growing Crisis for Refugee and Migrant Children
According to this UNICEF report, 50 million children globally have been driven from their home because of poverty and war; 45% of the child refugees come from only two countries: Syria and Afghanistan. Access the report here.

Sustainable Development Data Digest: Laying the Foundation to Measure Sustainable Development Goal 4
This is the first in a new series of publications that reflects the mandate of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) to produce comparable education indicators cross-nationally and to work with partners to develop new indicators, statistical approaches and monitoring tools to better assess progress toward education targets. Read more here.

Children and Armed Conflict
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released his latest annual report on Children and Armed Conflict, marking the 20th anniversary of the first report and the establishment of the office of the UN Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict. According to the report, violence against children has increased significantly in many countries. Read the report here.

The State of the World’s Children 2016: A Fair Chance for Every Child
This report examines how inequity imperils millions of children and threatens the future of the world. Please go here to download the report.

Leaving No One Behind: How Far on the Way to Universal Primary and Secondary Education
This paper, jointly released by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, examines the challenge of educating the 263 million children between the ages of 6 and 17 who are currently out of school. Selected policy responses to promote enrolment in secondary education are reviewed. Download the paper here.

KidsRights Index
Every year, the KidsRights Foundation, together with Erasmus University, publish this index, providing insight on what is being done and where nations need to do better to fully implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).


Unleashing Greatness: Nine Plays to Spark Innovation in Education
White paper from World Economic Forum, prepared by Global Agenda Council on Education.

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016
This report presents an overview of the 17 SDGs, using data currently available to highlight the most significant gaps and challenges.

UN World Youth Report
This report explores young people's participation in economic, political, and community life. In offering fresh perspectives and innovative ideas on youth engagement, the report is intended to serve as an impetus and tool for dialogue, policy discussion, and action between youth and government.

Leaving No One Behind: A Critical Path for the First 1,000 Days of the Sustainable Development Goals
This report from Development Progress looks at actions that governments can take in the first 1,000 days of the SDGs. It shows that early action is critical for the achievement of the SDGs.