Statement by Carolyn S. Miles, President & CEO
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WESTPORT, Conn. (May 31, 2013) — Today’s report offers a blueprint for eliminating extreme poverty within a generation. The report envisages a world in which no child is born to die, no child goes to bed hungry, every child learns in school and every child grows up to a sustainable and more prosperous future. This may sound too good to be true, but by building on recent progress and with the right political commitment it’s entirely achievable.
It is now up to all UN Member States to drive this agenda forward and avoid subordinating the central ideas to narrow interests. Critically, we must sustain the ambition, human focus and attention to the hardest to reach captured in the Panel’s report.
President Obama laid out a bold vision for ending extreme poverty and preventable child deaths in his State of the Union Address, and we see those same powerful themes reflected in the High Level Panel report. We hope that the President will make an ambitious post2015 development framework part of his legacy as these ideas get debated between now and 2015.
Save the Children particularly welcomes four key elements within the report:
- The clear focus on eradicating extreme poverty and ending preventable child deaths by 2030.
- The focus on the needs of those left behind by economic growth and development. In particular the commitments to ‘zero goals’ (for example in poverty and child mortality) and the recommendation to only consider a target reached if it is achieved within all key economic and social groups.
- The integration of key elements missing from the MDGs, especially inequality, sustainability, accountability and conflict.
- A focus on eliminating all forms of violence against children.
As the process of consultation goes forward, Save the Children will seek to strengthen the commitments on universal access to high quality health services and stronger attempts to address income inequality.
Save the Children is a member of Beyond 2015, which is a global campaign with more than 600 participating organizations in nearly 100 countries. Beyond 2015 is calling for an ambitious post-2015 agenda in line with our vision of a more equitable and sustainable world. The High-Level Panel report must deliver recommendations that are fit for purpose and in line with this vision.
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in more than 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.