21 September 2014

New Report from SOS Highlights Vulnerable Children

This month, world leaders are convening for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to establish plans that will help us achieve the Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015 and stamp out global poverty by 2030. 

Millennium Development Goals. Source: United Nations
Concurrent with this month's UNGA, SOS Children’s Villages has released a briefing paper entitled, A solid investment: integrating children without parental care into the post-2015 development framework. The publication demonstrates how children without parental care are highly vulnerable to the effects of various forms of poverty, violence and inequality. It also calls for a post-2015 development framework that acknowledges the needs and rights of these children. Building on international literature, consultations with thousands of children around the world and our experience in 134 countries and territories, we propose via the publication operational strategies for action as well as targets and indicators designed to monitor the impact of development efforts on children without parental care. 

“We’ve seen the impact the Millennium Development Goals have had on improving the lives and well-being of children and families around the world, but we must also acknowledge that the most vulnerable and marginalized groups — such as those children living without parental care — have not always benefited from these efforts,“ said Lynn Croneberger, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages – USA. “We won’t be successful in eradicating poverty until we acknowledge and address the needs of the most vulnerable, and collectively ensure that all children have access to protection and the care they need to prosper.“ 

The United Nations will soon launch a draft document that will serve as a basis for the global debate on the way forward for achieving sustainable global development. This publication will provide a focus for discussions between governments at an international level, but also between governments, non-governmental organizations and the public. SOS Children’s Villages is closely involved in the process, working with partners who share our vision of ensuring that children without parental care and families at risk should be at the center of the new agenda. 
Click here to view the briefing paper, A solid investment: integrating children without parental care into the post-2015 development framework.