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A young boy on a vegetable field. (Source: Alexander Volkmann)

UN conference approves long-term development goals

(Duisburg, 22 September, 2015) Kindernothilfe has high expectations for the long-term development goals that are expected to be approved by heads of state and government from around the world at the UN conference in New York (25 – 27 September).
"The Millennium Development Goals from the year 2001 have in fact already achieved a great deal for the welfare of children in the poorest countries", says Katrin Weidemann, Chairperson of the Kindernothilfe Executive Board. "But 569 million girls and boys still live in extreme poverty and 6 million children still die of preventable diseases every year ".

The numbers remain dramatic: 85 million children have to work under intolerable conditions and 57 million children cannot attend school. "We must continue to focus our energies on eliminating these blatant children's rights violations", says Weidemann. "The new long-term development goals offer important points of reference for finally securing children's rights around the world".

Following a long negotiation process, the countries agreed to 17 long-term development goals that they aim to achieve by the year 2030. Eight of these 17 goals concretely focus on the living situations of children, including the main objectives of eliminating poverty and hunger, ensuring access to clean water and sanitary facilities, high-quality education and the possibility of leading a healthy life.

"The sustainable development goals focus collectively on social, economic and environmental development and urge the countries of the North to assume their share of responsibilities", Weidemann explains. "Every country now has to embrace the challenge, breathe life into it and make it happen. At Kindernothilfe we are working in particular to ensure that 0.7 percent of Germany's gross national product is in fact promptly made available as funding for development cooperation work and that the education sector is finally given sufficient funding". Weidemann says that extensive investments are required here — from early childhood education and school education, to training and teaching life skills — to create a range of high-quality and inclusive programmes. "People only remain in their homelands when they have prospects for their lives there", Weidemann notes in a clear reference to the global increase in the number of refugees. She says that achieving the long-term development goals is also an important step toward addressing the root causes of the refugee crisis.

Contact:

Angelika Böhling, press spokesperson
Angelika.Boehling@Kindernothilfe.de
+49 203 7789-230; +49 178 880 8013