Why Children’s Protection from Violence should be at the Heart of the Post-2015 Development Agenda - A Review of Consultations on the ost-2015 Development Agenda

15/10/2014

From Foreword

Freedom from violence is critical to achieving a sustainable future in which every child can grow up healthy, well-nourished, resilient, well-educated, culturally sensitive and effectively protected from neglect, abuse and exploitation.

As the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) draws near, the international community is discussing how to shape a sustainable development agenda beyond 2015. 

This year we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. As United Nations Member States intensify their efforts to agree on the next generation development framework, we have a golden opportunity to tackle violence against children. In recent consultations around the world, organized to help inform the post-2015 agenda, violence was recognized both as a human rights violation in itself and as a major barrier to progress in education, health and other development goals. Stakeholders highlighted
children’s particular vulnerability to poverty and violence, and the message was clear - violence must end! 

This report highlights children’s own identification of violence as one of the biggest obstacles to their healthy development. Governments, local decision-makers, parents, civil society organisations and businesses need to respond to children by taking decisive action to protect them from violence in all settings and at all times. Children need to participate in the shaping of a future sustainable development agenda and have a critical role to play in creating non-violent societies and preventing violence. 

We cannot afford to ignore the voices of the world’s children: they will lead the societies of tomorrow.

As an ethical and human rights imperative, as a matter of good governance and sound economics, the protection of children from violence needs to be treated both as a standalone concern and a cross-cutting priority in the post-2015 development agenda. We look forward to further strengthening our collaboration and joining hands with all partners to ensure that children’s voices and recommendations are reflected in the new Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Nigel Chapman                                     Jasmine Whitbread                           Marta Santos Pais
Chief Executive Officer                      Chief Executive Officer                   Special Representative of
Plan International                                 Save the Children                        the UN Secretary General
International                                                                                           on Violence against 
                                                                                                                     Children