A report by the united Nations Children fund, UNICEF and released by communications specialist, UNICEF Nigeria, Geoffry Njoku ranks Nigerian 174 out of 180 countries, below Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and South Sudan for performance on child flourishing.
The report tagged: A Future for the World’s Children?, gathered by UNICEF and some of its partners states that by ranking 174th , Nigeria is in the bottom 10 on the performance scale for child flourishing,
According to the statement signed by UNICEF Nigeria Communication Specialist, the ranking is based on factors including measures of child survival and well-being such as health, education, nutrition, equity and income gaps.
The report includes a new global index of 180 countries, comparing performance on child flourishing.
The report finds that the health and future of every child and adolescent worldwide is under immediate threat from ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices that push heavily processed fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco at children.
According to the report, no single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures.
According to the report, while the poorest countries need to do more to support their children’s ability to live healthy lives, excessive carbon emissions -disproportionately from wealthier countries – threaten the future of all children.
The report added that If global warming exceeds 4°C by the year 2100 in line with current projections, this would lead to devastating health consequences for children, due to rising ocean levels, heatwaves and proliferation of diseases like malaria and dengue and malnutrition.
The index shows that children in Norway, the Republic of Korea, and the Netherlands have the best chance at survival and well-being, while children in Central African Republic, Chad, Somalia, Niger and Mali face the worst odds.