A number of Heads of State and Governments from developed and developing countries, together with the private sector, foundations, international organizations, civil society and research organizations committed to the adoption of a global plan to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. September 2015 is marking the end of the era of the Millennium Development Goals and the world’s countries will have to commit to a new framework for global development for the following years to come and therefore plan once more actions beyond their own short-term strategies and agendas.
‘’Hope For Children’’ UNCRC Policy Centre is strongly supporting this global process and at the same time is actively participating and calling for putting children first. It is essential that children’s rights become a priority on this agenda and these are the main reasons why:
First and foremost is the fact that children are the future and if we do not invest in them we do no invest in the future. The fundamental building block for achieving a better future is an investment in the rights of all children, in every place in the world, regardless of the child’s gender, race, ethnicity, economic disability or other status. For that reason, the future generations, the children of today and tomorrow must be at the heart of these goals. Second, children are central to sustainable development; this new framework will be ambitious and balanced enough to transform economies and societies towards a safer and a fairer future for all. This, in essence, is sustainable development. Thirdly, if a child is healthy and receives a quality education and at the same time feels safe in his or her own home, school or community and his or her voice is heard then, this child is equipped in the best way possible to fulfil his or her potential not only as a parent but also as an employee, entrepreneur, consumer or citizen. Finally, a universal agenda that protects the rights of all children everywhere in order to get the best start in life, to survive and to thrive and to live free from violence and abuse is crucial and fundamental and therefore by strengthening their resilience will allow them to participate in decision-making processes, to promote intergenerational dialogue and solidarity around the world.