As the era of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) comes to an end in 2015, a new framework for global development will be put in place. The ‘Post-2015 Development Agenda’ will culminate in the formulation of a new set of goals and targets – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – that will build on the progress of the MDGs and also address their shortcomings.
At the center of these efforts is the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The OWG was established following the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, commonly known as Rio+20. Consisting of 70 Member States sharing 30 seats, the OWG has been working over the past 18 months to develop a set of SDGs for consideration by the UN General Assembly. On the 19th of July 2014, the OWG finalized their report.
This review looks at the proposals of the OWG from a child rights perspective. This year, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the review examines the critical goals and targets for children proposed by the OWG that must be maintained in the final SDGs and highlights areas that could be further reinforced.
Read the full report here.
UNICEF has also developed a set of “two pagers” on key issues for children that should be included in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Each brief contains some rationale text, suggested target(s) and a data snapshot on the issue. Download the full set.