Investing in Children Matters: Global Conference on Financing for Development

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ADDIS ABABA – Representing international child-focused organizations, SOS Children’s Villages is delivering this message to a high-profile gathering of world leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the international Financing for Development conference is being held under the auspices of the United Nations.
 
On Wednesday, July 15, Dereje Wordofa, SOS Children’s Villages’ International Director for the East and South Africa Region, will represent child-focused organizations at a panel discussion sponsored by UNICEF and featuring government ministers from Argentina, Ethiopia, and Ghana, as well as other global development organizations. Wordofa, will help the panel tackle challenging questions regarding the case for investing in the most disadvantaged children and the major steps we need to take to deliver on the Post-2015 Agenda for children.
 
Wordofa will seek to highlight that if investments are to be effective, children need individual development plans and to be supported throughout adolescence to adulthood. In addition, programs protecting children from violence yield a high return on the investment.
 
This is the third international conference of Financing for Development. It is being held at a critical time in the Post-2015 process – the development of new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to build on the Millennium Development Goals.
 
The SDGs will guide global development over the next 15 years and will be finalized at the United Nations General Assembly this September. A ‘Zero Draft’ of the 17 goals, plus 169 corresponding targets, has been published and is available here.
 
There are some positive signs that the need to invest in children is understood by the development community. The draft ‘outcome document’ for the Financing for Development conference says:
 
“We recognize that investing in children and youth is critical to achieving inclusive, equitable and sustainable development for present and future generations, and we recognize the need to support countries that face particular challenges to make the requisite investments in this area. We reaffirm the vital importance of promoting and protecting the rights of all children, and ensuring that no child is left behind.”
 
Follow the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtags #FFD3, #Action2015 and #InvestforChildren.

SOS Children’s Villages is an organization that is committed to the care of orphaned, abandoned and other at-risk children. With over 70 years of experience and a presence in 134 countries and territories, SOS Children’s Villages works to ensure every child is raised in a loving, stable family environment.  To learn more about SOS Children’s Villages, visit www.sos-usa.org. Follow us on Twitter at @SOSChildrenUSA.

 

SOS Children’s Villages is an organization that is committed to the care of orphaned, abandoned and other at-risk children. With over 70 years of experience and a presence in 134 countries and territories, SOS Children’s Villages works to ensure every child is raised in a loving, stable family environment.  To learn more about SOS Children’s Villages, visit www.sos-usa.org. Follow us on Twitter at @SOSChildrenUSA. - See more at: http://www.sos-usa.org/newsroom/grammy-award-winning-guitarist-albert-lee-and-sos#sthash.WSkHguRN.dpuf