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The UN children’s agency is warning that 69 million youngsters under five will die from preventable causes between now and 2030 if all countries don’t accelerate action to improve health and education for the most disadvantaged.
UNICEF said that based on recent trends and projected population growth, 167 million children will also live in extreme poverty, 60 million won’t be attending primary school, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030 unless inequality is tackled now.
UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth said at the report’s launch on June 27 that the agency is “broadcasting our message into a world that is more hostile,” especially to migrants and refugees.
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But he said many are fleeing because of poverty and inequality and these root causes must be addressed.