Emerging Consensus: Building Agreement for the Post-2015 Agenda

Emerging Consensus: Building Agreement for the Post-2015 Agenda
Framework for the Future, Ending Poverty in a Generation
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Ending Poverty in our Generation

This discussion paper compares five notable inputs into the post-2015 process to find that diverse groups have repeatedly put forth visions, and means of achieving those visions, that are remarkably similar. These areas of agreement comprise roughly half of the entire agenda. Read More.

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: Framework for the Future

Save the Children has named twelve specific goals for the UN to consider in the formation of new development targets to be reached by 2030.

  • Goal 1: Extreme income poverty has ended and the benefits of economic growth are shared by all
  • Goal 2: No one suffers from hunger, and everyone has good, nutrition and water security
  • Goal 3: No mother, newborn baby or child dies from preventable causes and everyone has access to good-quality healthcare without financial hardship
  • Goal 4: All children and young people have equitable access to a good-quality education and achieve good learning outcomes
  • Goal 5: All girls and boys live a life free from violence, are protected in conflict and disasters, and thrive in a safe family environment
  • Goal 6: Women and girls are empowered and have equal rights to men and boys
  • Goal 7: All people have access to resource efficient and low carbon energy
  • Goal 8: All societies are resilient to disasters
  • Goal 9: All people enjoy a sustainable, healthy and resilient environment
  • Goal 10: The world is on track to avoid dangerous climate change and is less vulnerable to its impacts
  • Goal 11: Governance at all levels is open, inclusive and accountable
  • Goal 12: Robust global partnerships advance sustainable human development

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