More Than 21 Million Mexican Children and Adolescents Live in Poverty
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April 29, 2016

The latest United Nations report on child poverty finds a staggering 600 million children worldwide living on less than a dollar a day. Over 20 million of them live in Mexico, though Mexican officials say the true number there is much smaller. Fighting child poverty is a great challenge in Mexico. (CCTV America)

About 21.4 million children and adolescents, of a total of 40 million people, are currently living in poverty in Mexico and of them, 4.6 million are in extreme poverty.

These statistics are part of a report entitled, 'Poverty and social rights of children and adolescents in Mexico 2014' by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Mexico and the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval).

This report warned that investment in children is essential to prevent juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy and violence.

Coneval's executive secretary, Gonzalo Hernandez, warned that if the country wants to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty, coordination between the three levels of government is crucial.

The report was presented prior to Children's Day, which is celebrated in Mexico on April 30th.

As a signatory of the Sustainable Development Goals agreement, Mexico has accepted the commitment to reduce poverty.

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