UNICEF Issues key asks on Post2015 for Children

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UNICEF has issued two key documents on how children should be represented on the Post 2015 framework.

Download UNICEF KEY ASKS ON THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

Summary of UNICEF Key Asks

Targets should be included in the new Agenda for the following:

– By 2035, reduce the national under-five mortality rate to 20 or fewer deaths per 1,000 live births;

– Eliminate all preventable maternal deaths; – By 2025, reduce stunting among children under five by 40% worldwide; – Universal coverage of basic health services, safe drinking water and sanitation; – Successful completion by all children of quality education that fosters learning; – Protection of all girls and boys from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation; – Strengthened resilience of children, families and communities to shocks and

stresses relating to disasters, violence, conflicts, climate change and epidemics. Strategies to pursue these targets should focus on the worst-off as the first priority.

All targets in the Post-2015 Agenda should be disaggregated by gender, location, age, ethnicity, disability and wealth, as relevant, and investments made in data collection and disaggregation, in order to track inequalities and ensure no one is left behind.

Download SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STARTS AND ENDS WITH SAFE, HEALTHY AND WELL-EDUCATED CHILDREN

We are entering a decisive phase to accelerate efforts and honor the Millennium Promise embedded in the MDGs. But while this promise is time bound, our collective responsibility does not expire. After 2015, newborns and growing children will have at least the same needs in terms of health, learning, good nutrition, and protection as the “MDG generation” – and much will remain to be done to meet our responsibilities to give them all a fair opportunity to live full, healthy lives, no matter where they live or what barriers they face.

Children’s rights and well-being should remain at the centre of the post-2015 agenda. Investment in children is a fundamental means to eradicate poverty, boost shared prosperity, and enhance inter-generational equity. It is also essential for strengthening their ability to reach their potential as productive, engaged, and capable citizens, contributing fully to their families and societies. Sustainable development starts and ends with safe, healthy and well-educated children.

— Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, April 2013

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