The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight goals set by world leaders in 2000 to halve global poverty, come to an end this year with a 2015 deadline. Just setting the MDGs was a monumental step in the fight against extreme poverty. With mixed progress, the world looks ahead to what is next. Coming off of 15 years of intense poverty fighting, momentum-driven action, and impressive ambition in the years 2000-present to end global poverty, a new set of goals are needed post-2015 that will stop at nothing to end poverty, hunger, child violence and child labor. Over the next 15 years there are many things that must be accomplished if we are to reach zero poverty.
Today is the launch of Action 2015, a global grassroots campaign united in the common belief that the decisions taken in 2015 are critical for our future. Together as a global movement we will raise our voices today for the generations of tomorrow.
15 musts for fighting global poverty in the next 15 years via Child Health Now.
1. The elimination of childhood malnutrition, including significant reductions in stunting and wasting. Malnutrition is an underlying cause in nearly half of all child deaths. If we are going to end preventable child deaths, we must tackle child malnutrition.
2. Reach all children in the critical window of opportunity: the first 1000 days of life. Ensuring all children receive adequate nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life is critical. Poor nutrition in this critical window of opportunity can set back physical and mental development for a lifetime.
3. The end of absolute poverty. The end of absolute poverty is critical if we are to ensure no person goes hungry, lacks shelter, or the ability to gain a livelihood.
4. Stop at nothing until zero preventable deaths of children under the age of 5 is achieved. Every year, 6.3. million children lose their lives to preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhea and birth complications. The only way to change this is relentless action.
5. Continued improvement of the health of mothers and newborns. Improved maternal health has a significant impact on the health and survival of newborns. Newborns are protected when pregnant women and new mothers are protected and have access to quality health services.
6. An end of all forms of physical and sexual violence against girls and boys. Every child should have the right to be free from abuse and harm.
7. No child suffers from forced labor or trafficking. Every child should have the right to a safe and healthy childhood and the chance to enjoy life as a child, without fear.
8. The world achieves lasting peace and eliminates violence. War, conflict, and violence creates and prolongs humanitarian crisis. Elimination means we can start the process of reaching all and every man, woman, and child.
9. Children living in vulnerable and fragile environments are protected and enjoy a safe childhood. All children should have the right to a safe place to be a child.
10. Continued collaboration across government and corporate divides to deliver positive change. Cross-agency work and partnership is the only way to achieve sustainable and lasting change.
11. The next set of global anti-poverty goals needs to represent the views, needs, and voices of children. The post-2015 agenda must include a set of global goals that champions the voices of children, including children’s voices in the decision-making process. By participating in the decisions that affect their lives, children and youth can contribute to making policies that are more effective, relevant and sustainable.
12. Local to global advocacy movement. Advocacy efforts at the local level need to transpire at the global level. Goals that are representative of the needs of the people they are targeting, driven by the input and advice from those in the poorest and hardest to reach communities, is critical to providing and supporting help where it is truly needed.
13. Continued excitement and momentum around the anti-poverty movement. The amazing momentum created in the last 15 years to tackle global poverty must not be lost. Momentum must continue to drive focus from the world’s public behind new goals in order to hold leaders accountable and shift governments to action.
14. A world where every child gets to be a child. We must work to provide a world where every child can play and live healthy, safe, and protected lives. Every child should have the right and opportunity to be a child.
15. A more just world for all. A more just world means a more equal playing field for children, women, and other vulnerable populations – a world where every person can thrive no matter their gender, race, or place of birth.