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One in three kids have no birth certificate: UNICEF

UNITED NATIONS--One in three children worldwide cannot have their existence legally verified with a birth certificate since their birth was not registered, UNICEF warned Wednesday.

Almost 230 million youngsters under the age of five have no birth certificate, which puts them at a disadvantage for procedural matters and leaves them more vulnerable to abuse.

“Birth registration is more than just a right. It's how societies first recognize and acknowledge a child's identity and existence,” said deputy UNICEF executive director Geeta Rao Gupta.

So “we recommend a registration system that is free, universal in coverage and confidential.”

When natural disasters separate parents and children, reuniting families is much tougher when birth certificates are lacking, the U.N. agency stressed.

1 Comment
December 13, 2013    kingsolomon@
The birth certificate keeps track of the individual from birth to death. This statement from the UNICEF (UN) is a brazen lie. The saying goes: you can fool all the people sometimes, but not all the people all the time. You need a birth certificate to apply for a passport, I.D., etc. so this keeps track of you wherever you are. The birth certificate is where the tracking of an individual starts. That is simple logic. Don’t ever try to describe a birth certificate as CONFIDENTIAL, because it just does not add up.
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