Ending Poverty in Our Generation: The Next MDG Framework

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Ending Poverty in our Generation


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The world's current global goals to address extreme poverty – the MDGs – expire in 2015. World leaders have a chance to take this agenda further and finally end extreme poverty in our generation. But it will require more than business as usual – Save the Children's new report explores how addressing income inequality and improving governance would rapidly accelerate progress. Read the report

A historic achievement is within reach. We can be the generation that ends poverty, forever. For the first time, it is feasible to imagine that in the next couple of decades no child will die from preventable causes, every child will be in school and learning, every child will have protection from violence and we will eradicate absolute poverty.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), one of the most resonant and unifying agreements in political history, reach a turning point in 2015, the deadline for their realization. We must do everything in our power to achieve them, since they provided an important framework to direct political and financial commitments as well as technical breakthroughs for children. We must also find an agreed way forward on work that will remain to be accomplished.

As a leading independent organization for children, Save the Children is focused on ensuring that the post-2015 framework clearly accounts for the needs and rights of all children.

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Background: The Millennium Development Goals

In 2000, the United Nations set out to develop a comprehensive agenda for international development. The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), spearheaded by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, were an attempt to refocus international assistance on the most crucial issues facing humanity.

They ranged from halving the population of people suffering from extreme poverty and hunger to combatting HIV/AIDS and came with an ambitious deadline: completion by 2015. There is universal recognition that the MDGs have already achieved significant progress for people worldwide. Now with less than two years left to meet the existing goals, Save the Children is calling for stepping up efforts to accomplish the MDGs by 2015. Furthermore, we want to ensure that the needs of children are prioritized in the post-2015 development framework.

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After the MDGs: Post-2015 Framework

As the global leader in creating lasting change in the lives of children in need around the world, Save the Children is part of the movement to influence the future development framework. We are already engaged in the post-MDG process and are working closely with many of the key public, private, civil society, and academic partners in this dialogue. Our intent is to:

  • Engage with decision-makers and thought leaders to influence the agenda for any new global commitments that build on the progress of the MDGs.
  • Convey the necessity for a new framework to include a meaningful participatory process that includes the voices of those who were not part of the original MDG development, and which emphasizes equity and accountability.
  • Ensure that children are not an afterthought in this agenda— Children represent more than half the population, and the future. They should be central and any new framework must be sensitive to their specific needs and rights.

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The Voice for Children in the Post-MDGs Discussion

Save the Children is advancing the voice of children in the post-MDG discussion in country- and at the global-level. Key messages include:

  • Children have the right to participate in the development of any new post-2015 framework.
  • Future goals must serve the needs of the most disadvantaged children, and explicitly link the different areas of children's well-being, such as learning and education, health and sanitation, nutrition, and protection from violence.
  • Strategies to reduce inequalities should be strongly reflected in the new framework and robust international and national accountability mechanisms should accompany the framework, to ensure proper implementation and to foster democratic ownership.

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Goals: Ending Poverty in Our Generation

Save the Children has named ten specific goals for the UN to consider in the formation of new development targets. The first six focus on putting in place the foundations of human development, and the last four discuss creating supportive and sustainable environments to facilitate progress. Read the full report.

  • Goal 1: By 2030 we will eradicate extreme poverty and reduce relative poverty through inclusive growth and decent work.
  • Goal 2: By 2030 we will eradicate hunger, halve stunting, and ensure universal access to sustainable food, water and sanitation.
  • Goal 3: By 2030 we will end preventable child and maternal mortality and provide healthcare for all.
  • Goal 4: By 2030 we will ensure all children receive a good-quality education and have good learning outcomes.
  • Goal 5: By 2030 we will ensure all children live a life free from all forms of violence, are protected in conflict and thrive in a safe family environment.
  • Goal 6: By 2030 governance will be more open, accountable and inclusive.
  • Goal 7: By 2030 we will have robust global partnerships for more and effective use of financial resources.
  • Goal 8: By 2030 we will build disaster-resilient societies.
  • Goal 9: By 2030 we will have a sustainable, healthy and resilient environment for all.
  • Goal 10: By 2030 we will deliver sustainable energy to all.

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Sign-On – OWG Call to Action for Equitable Learning [FINAL]: 218 organizations, coalitions, and foundations from around the world call upon the UN Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals to include a standalone post-2015 goal on equitable learning. Please join this call to action by sending Meredy Talbot-Zorn your organization’s name and country: mtalbot@savechildren.org