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6 October 2015 | 15:55

The UN adopts 17 new Sustainable Development Goals

SRSG Santos Pais with Save the Children Delegates - ©S. Kaki - SRSG/VAC

On the 25 September 2015, the 193 member States of the UN formally promised to achieve, over the next 15 years, 17 new goals for sustainable development. Amongst these ambitious aims is a pledge for a better protection of children’s rights.

Ambitious new goals

After more than a year of negotiations, the 193 member States of the UN formally adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which succeed the 8 Millenium Development Goals (MDG)

This unprecedented international effort has brought about real progress for the cause of children : between 1999 and 2010, primary school enrolment rates went from 83% to 90% (in spanish). There has been real progress in developing regions. However, huge disparities remain, which require the adoption of a new global action programme.

This new plan, more ambitious than its predecessor, defines 17 goals and 169 targets, which the States have pledged themselves to implement over the next 15 years.

The three main aims of these goals are :

  • End extreme poverty ;
  • Fight against inequality and injustice ;
  • Tackle climate change.

Better protection of children’s rights

The SDG reiterate certain priorities in order to safeguard fundamental children’s rights throughout the world :

  • Access for all children to a good education ;
  • Access to a sufficient and healthy diet;
  • Access to healthcare ;
  • The elimination of all forms of discrimination against girls.

The States have also pledged new commitments in the matter of child protection, such as:

  • The elimination of all harmful practices, such as child marriage, early or forced marriage, or excision (target 5.3)
  • The elimination of mistreatment, exploitation and slavery, and all forms of violence against children (target 16.2)
  • A legal identity for all children, through birth registration (target 16.9)

Elimination of violence against children

BICE welcomes the decision to include the elimination of all forms of violence against children as a global priority over the next 15 years.

As stated by our Secretary General, Alessandra Aula, « BICE commends the fact that a consensus was reached on the need for an increased protection of children’s rights, and encourages the States to implement the targets by means of concrete actions whose impact can be easily measured. BICE also calls for the allocation of public funds to guarantee a full education as well to fight against all forms of violence against children».

BICE and its partners have been committed for many years to the fight against all forms of mistreatment and violence towards children, and to the protection of children’s rights.

17 new Sustainable Development Goals

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