The KidsRights Index focuses on all member states that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and for which sufficient data is available, a total of 163 countries. The USA has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and has therefore not been assessed in the KidsRights Index. Nor could countries/states for which insufficient data is available be assessed in the ‘State of the World’s Children Reports’. These are Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Cape Verde, Cook Islands, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, The Holy See, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Monaco, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, the Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Tonga and Tuvalu. We hope the availability of data for these countries/states will improve in the future, so that they can be included in the KidsRights Index.
Because of the improved approach on missing values, Poland and Liechtenstein are not included in the overall KidsRights Index 2016 for the lack of data on domain 5 ‘Child Rights Environment, contrary to previous versions of the Index. Poland and Liechtenstein are included in the ranking of domains 1 to 4 of the KidsRights Index 2016.