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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.
Fragile Progress The Record of the Millennium Development Goals in States Affected by Conflict, Fragility, and Crisis
This report consists of several elements: First, it discusses the process of determining how countries are designated as being affected by conflict, fragility, or crisis, and the lack of agreement surrounding that process.
Second, the report compares the progress of these different countries against data on a variety of other factors—such as socioeconomic conditions, corruption levels, trade volumes, resource flows, type of governance, and other data—to explore if certain broad conditions were more or less correlated with relative progress on the MDGs.
Third, to supplement this data-driven analysis of the MDGs in fragile states, the report’s authors develop several practical case studies from countries that were relatively high performers on the goals to see if there are particular interventions, programs, or approaches that are effective in promoting development advances in settings of conflict and fragility.
Lastly, the report advances a series of policy recommendations based on the authors’ findings to help shape the ongoing negotiations about the SDGs with the aim of making them more sensitive to the needs, capacities, and realities of fragile and conflict-affected states.
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.
What’s your dream for children Post-2015? You can help us raise awareness about action/2015 by printing this sign & writing your hope for kids. Then, take a picture of yourself holding up your sign & post your picture on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram with hashtag Ection2015.
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: