UNICEF reports progress on child rights

UNICEF reports progress around globe on children's rights, but more work to be done

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. children's agency reports tremendous progress since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted nearly 25 years ago but says 6.6 million children under the age of five still died in 2012, mostly from preventable causes.

In a report released Thursday, it also said 15 percent of the world's children are still put to work, and 11 percent of girls are married before they turn 15.

On the plus side, UNICEF said that some 90 million children who would have died before age five if child mortality rates stayed at their 1990 level are alive largely because of improvements in immunizations, health care, water and sanitation.

It also cited a 37 percent drop in youngsters with stunted growth, and an increase in primary school enrollment.