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Ending Poverty in Our Generation: The Next MDG Framework
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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.
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.
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:
Save the Children is advancing the voice of children in the post-MDG discussion in country- and at the global-level. Key messages include:
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.