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    Children at Monarch School in San Diego, California October 8, 2013. | Photo: Reuters

Published 22 July 2016

The U.S. ranked well below the G20 average compared to other countries with a similar GDP per capita.

A report detailing child prosperity in G20 countries released Friday has revealed that the world's biggest economies inlcuding the U.S. could be giving better opportunities to future generations.

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The report, published by NGO Save the Children ahead of the G20 Summit in China, looked at a range of factors including gender, health, environment, education, safety, employment and infrastructure.

“The United States may be the most powerful and prosperous nation in the world, but we are far from number one on helping children realize their full potential. Millions of children are paying the price and we must do better,” said Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of the organization in a press release.

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia were ranked well below the average of G20 countries compared to those countries with a similar GDP per capita.

Germany was ranked as the best country overall on the index and came first in gender, employment and income as well as second in education, environment and safety.

Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico and the U.K. all moved up the index in comparison to previous years. India, despite scoring badly on gender equality, was seen to have made significant improvements on education.

The report noted that “some countries are heading in the wrong direction,” with Brazil, Australia, South Korea and Saudi Arabia having moved down in the index compared to previous years.

Brazil had increased rates of child mortality, Australia’s education system was seen as unequal for Indigenous populations and there were ever-present gender inequalities found in the South Korea.

The world's biggest economies were also seen as not pulling their weight in refugee intake in Monday’s report from British Charity Oxfam. It showed that the six wealthiest countries hosted less than nine percent of the total number of world refugees.

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