About the book
This report addresses the reality of millions of poor children living in urban cities worldwide. It highlights the chronic poverty and marginalisation they face, many of them living in conditions of no secure housing, no access to health services and no opportunities for education. However, the report also offers examples of cities where municipal authorities have grasped the opportunity to help children living in poverty by promoting their social inclusion, ensuring respect for their human rights and by involving them as partners in urban decision-making. These examples show that problems in urban areas are not insurmountable and that with good governance cities can become child friendly and ensure the universal realization of children’s rights.