A 6-year-old boy smiles brightly from his classroom in Cambodia. There, Save the Children works with the Provincial Education office to strengthen access to schools and improve the quality of education, giving technical support, and providing materials and furniture to schools. Photo Credit: KJ Borja/Save the Children, March 2013.

A 6-year-old boy smiles brightly from his classroom in Cambodia. There, Save the Children works with the Provincial Education office to strengthen access to schools and improve the quality of education, giving technical support, and providing materials and furniture to schools.

Sustainable Development Goals

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.

Qualifications for the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

Save the Children believes this list of qualifications should be considered the minimum criteria for any candidate to be Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. It represents the consensus of 80 groups from across civil society, and reflects the baseline standard to which any candidate for this position is held. The statement does not imply that Save the Children nor any signatory organization endorses or opposes a specific candidate for the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues position.

Save the Children and the partnering civil society groups that developed this list of criteria strongly believe that any nominee to be Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues must bring foreign policy expertise as well as commitment to, passion for and experience in gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights. We believe that a qualified candidate must have experience working on these issues globally, and a proven track record on many of the key priorities of the GWI office. Any qualified nominee should have a proven track record of opposing all forms of discrimination and violence, and to empowering marginalized communities across the world. Save the Children encourages raising serious questions about any nominee who cannot meet these criteria. Download the qualifications

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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.

After the MDGs: Post-2015 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:

  • 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.

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.

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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