Keeping Kids at the Center of the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Keeping Kids at the Center of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

By Ashleigh Christina Lovett
Manager, Government Relations & Advocacy

With the United Nations Summit on Post-2015 in September 2015 quickly approaching, policymakers from around the world are meeting regularly to negotiate and finalize the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Building off the successes and lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals, which have been in effect since 2000 and are set to expire at the end of 2015, this Post-2015 Agenda strives to reach the most marginalized people with critical development support. The Post-2015 Agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals it outlines, will be a comprehensive roadmap for the world to sustainably end global poverty and inequality by 2030. 
Throughout the post-2015 process, SOS Children’s Villages (SOS) has been actively engaged in the dialogue at the national, regional and international levels, advocating for the needs of the most vulnerable children—those who have lost or are at risk of losing the care of their parents. We are delivering a strong message: to successfully end poverty and inequality, we must protect the rights of vulnerable children. 
July is a critical month for the post-2015 process, and advocates from SOS are dedicated to ensuring our message continues to be heard. On July 7, SOS Federation Vice President Dr. Gitta Trauernicht spoke at a High Level Political Forum  at the UN, serving as the representative for SOS and some of the largest child-focused international organizations. She urged world leaders to make an effort to reach out to children and young people, to communicate to them in language they understand, and to keep listening to them as the Post-2015 Agenda is launched, implemented and monitored. Their participation and contribution are critical to the agenda’s success.
From July 13-16, SOS representatives will also attend the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the conference, high-level government officials from around the world will negotiate the plan for putting this agenda into action and securing the financing commitments for its success. SOS and representatives from other child-focused organizations will be in attendance at the conference to advocate for critically-needed investments in children. SOS will organize and host events with UNICEF and partner organizations on issues related to financing for the wellbeing and safety of children. In addition, SOS’s International Director for East and Southern Africa, Dereje Wordofa, will deliver statements on behalf of the child-focused, international organizations.
Today’s children are the world’s future. For SOS, keeping children at the center of the Post-2015 Agenda requires recognizing their needs and rights and ensuring they are met and respected. But we also must provide children and youth with meaningful opportunities to participate in this important process. By listening to and acknowledging the needs of the most vulnerable children, the Post-2015 Agenda that is adopted in September will shape efforts to improve life and opportunities for children, families and communities around the world over the next 15 years. 
Stay tuned for more Post-2015 news!