Taking action to change our world

The Global Goals for a world where children are free from violence and exploitation

Over 150 world leaders will attend the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit from 25 to 27 September in New York to adopt the new global goals for the next 15 years. They will commit to 17 universal goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and address climate change.

Missed in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the challenging issues of violence against and exploitation of children are now an integral part of this new agenda, in which Member States make the historic commitment to a “world which invests in its children and in which every child grows up free from violence and exploitation.” ChildFund Alliance welcomes this reference and calls on governments, the United Nations, and civil society to realize this vision through decisive actions and investments.

For the past three years, ChildFund Alliance urged stakeholders to prioritize the protection of children from violence and exploitation in the new global goals. Over 680,000 people signed our petition in support of this call. As part of our ‘free from violence and exploitation’ campaign, over 16,000 children from 50 countries were consulted on these issues, telling us of their hopes and aspirations for the future. Visit www.freefromviolence.org to learn more.

Meg Gardinier, Secretary General of ChildFund Alliance said: “We celebrate this breakthrough for millions of children who still live in fear and are subject to violence and exploitation. We welcome the new agenda not only for including a target to end violence against children, but also for addressing the issue through targets on education, gender equality, employment and others.

“We all have a duty to listen to children and young people – who have helped shape this agenda – and who will benefit from its implementation. They must be part of the process and have a seat at the table where both their present reality and future is negotiated.”
She added: “ChildFund Alliance is certain of the transformative potential of collective and decisive action to end violence against and exploitation of children. Together, we can change our world.”

ChildFund Alliance welcomes the new global goals as indivisible and universal, and calls attention to the following targets in particular: