By Ashleigh C. Lovett
Manager, Government Relations & Advocacy
—A few weeks ago, world leaders adopted a groundbreaking plan to eradicate global poverty, reduce inequality and mitigate climate change by 2030.
The plan is known as the Post-2015 Development Agenda (now called the 2030 Agenda) and has 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs range from ending extreme poverty and hunger to ensuring that everyone has access to quality health care, education and employment opportunities. The Agenda aims to improve upon previous development efforts and is meant to be implemented in every country around the world.
Before and after the Agenda was officially adopted, my SOS Children’s Villages colleagues and I participated in a number of events related to the SDGs. We attended these events to demonstrate our commitment to work with our partners toward achieving these important global goals in a way that benefits children and families.
A former SOS child from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Daniel Mijailovski, and I at an event in New York on how to empower young people to achieve the world they want. Photo credit: Jahan Taganova
SOS Children’s Villages also co-hosted a side-event on September 27 with UNICEF and other child-focused organizations called “Building a World that is Safer for Children.” The event brought together leading child protection experts to discuss the newly established Global Partnership to End Violence against Children and the role everyone must play in achieving the target under Goal 16, which is to “end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.”
Many of the discussions focused on the need to raise awareness about the SDGs, as all citizens in all countries should know the goals and hold their governments accountable for implementing them. The events also focused on the need to develop the tools to monitor implementation of the goals for the most vulnerable groups, including children. Finally, they focused on harnessing the momentum and excitement from the development and adoption of the 2030 Agenda to mobilize all stakeholders to commit to work toward the 2030 Agenda’s success.
SOS Children’s Villages and our fellow child-focused organizations have played an active role in advocating for the inclusion of children’s rights in the Agenda, as we don’t believe it’s possible to create a better world without prioritizing the needs of the world’s most vulnerable children. Now that the Agenda is adopted, we will continue to work with our partners to ensure that implementation of the SDGs reaches the most vulnerable children. We are focused on making sure that there is an inclusive and transparent process in which young people are empowered to participate in achieving the world they want.
This comprehensive agenda and these SDGs aim to improve life for the most vulnerable people in the United States and around the world by 2030. With investments to transform the Agenda’s words into action, we can create the world that every child deserves.