Meeting with UNICEF.
1. Why is UNICEF participating in an observatory on the fair distribution of wealth?
Every child has the right to a fair chance in life. Yet millions of children around the world are trapped in an intergenerational cycle of disadvantage, putting their futures and the future of their societies at risk. This vicious circle is not inevitable. We can make the decision to change it. When governments direct their public spending policies, programmes and priorities towards the most disadvantaged children, they help transform the lives of these children and their societies.
Why is the accumulation of wealth and the inequality it generates a problem?
In the first place, inequality currently imposes a disadvantage on children from families with fewer resources (economic, but also educational and cultural) in aspects as basic to their development as education, health and housing, which translates into a violation of their most basic rights and a deteriorated perception of what life offers them. Objective indicators often hide subjective elements such as unhappiness, anxiety, suffering and fear, which determine children's lives far beyond what we adults are capable of understanding.