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The Progress of Nations describes what becomes possible when nations invest in children's well being and protect their rights. Children are now less likely to be left mentally impaired because of iodine deficiency; more children are enrolled in school now than 10 years ago; polio is on the verge of eradication. But the publication recounts also the great distances the world must still travel because of poverty, debt, wars, inadequate commitment or unequal social development. In this 2000 edition HIV/AIDS is one of the central topics. It emphasizes that in many developing countries, silence and lack of proper information, continues to hamper efforts to check the fast and deadly spread of AIDS. The current status of immunization, where there are still 30 million infants not protected by routine vaccination in developing countries is reviewed as is the issue of lost children, where millions of children are made virtually invisible because they were not registered at birth. The Progress of Nations ranks nations according to their achievements in developmental goals for children. It also captures the slow but steady progress girls and women are making as they overcome inequality and discrimination.