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Harnessing Globalisation for Children: A report to UNICEF

The world's children have by far the largest stake in the effects of globalisation. This is not only because of their special vulnerability and distinctive needs - but because virtually every country on earth has reaffirmed that child survival and full development are moral and ethical imperatives. Harnessing Globalisation for Children represents a comprehensive effort to assess the impact of the latest wave of globalisation on children. It also examines the kinds of policies and programmes that can best harness globalisation's benefits on their behalf. The impact of globalisation on children is a complex and still largely unexplored topic - and so the conclusions of this Report should, for now, be considered preliminary, while its policy suggestions are intended as contributions to an emerging debate rather than as elements of a definitive blueprint. Harnessing Globalisation for Children argues that children can gain substantially from globalisation, but only if domestic conditions are improved, if distortions in international markets are corrected, and if more representative institutions of local and global governance are created. In the absence of these changes, globalisation will benefit only a minority of the world's children.