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 - Marta Santos Pais, UNICEF IRC director, Maria calivis, UNICEF CEE/CIS Regional Office Director and Ms. Vappu Taipale, Director General of the Finnish National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES) at the launch in Helsinki

Bulletin year 2006 number 4

Helsinki/ Florence, 18 October 2006 - The Innocenti Social Monitor 2006: Understanding Child Poverty in South-Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States released today in Helsinki, Finland finds that while the number of children under 15 living in extreme poverty has decreased from 32 million to 18 million, stark disparities in child well-being and opportunities exist.

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