Sustainable Development Goals: Promoting The Gains For The Child




Since the year 2000, global development efforts were channeled through eight goals: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Governments all over the world moved to reach these goals that were identified and agreed upon as central to bring about positive changes in the lives and living standards of people all over the world – especially the poorer countries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The eight MDGs emphasize eliminating extreme poverty and hunger, reducing child mortality, promoting gender equality, halting the spread of HIV, malaria and other diseases, and providing universal primary education by 2015.


It is now 2015, and there still remains a lot to be achieved to make sustainable impact on the life of the child. The world is now looking forward to a new set of goals – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to drive the next 15 years.


While this is a step in the right direction, it is also important to discover the challenges to implementation of the earlier set of MDGs and to build necessary steps in overcoming these barriers in the new SDGs.


A closer look at the first drafts of the SDGs, reflects an expansion of the eight MDGs into 17 SDGs. The focus of these goals is: end poverty in all forms everywhere, end hunger and achieving food security and improved nutrition by promote sustainable agriculture; ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages; ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all; achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all; ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all; promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; build resilient infrastructure; reduce inequality among countries; make cities and human settlements inclusive and safe; ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns; take urgent actions to address climate change and its impacts; conserve and sustainably use oceans and marine resources for sustainable development; protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss; promote peaceful and inclusive societies; and strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize global partnerships for development.


These goals, if well implemented, will improve the lives of children in many ways, and it is therefore imperative to ensure that the voice of the child is heard in this process that will run for another 15 years!


Let’s together promote the gains for the child in the SDGs.


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