2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: A historical opportunity to end violence against children


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) bring an unprecedented opportunity to build on developments since the 2006 UN Study to end violence against children.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has a set of 17 inter-related and mutually reinforcing Goals with a network of 169 related targets. For the very first time, the dignity of children and their right to live free from violence and from fear is recognized as a distinct priority on the international development agenda. Achieving the goals, especially those related to education and health; gender equality and violence against women; child labour; poverty eradication; access to justice and accountable and inclusive institutions will help reduce the risk of violence in children’s lives and provide effective responses for child victims. Similarly, failing to reach the targets related to violence against children – especially 16.2 – will compromise efforts in these areas, and hinder social and economic progress across the agenda.

In order to reflect the importance and urgency of their protection, children themselves called for the new agenda to explicitly incorporate freedom from violence. They also perceived violence not as a standalone priority but a concern that cuts across many goals and targets.

The adoption of target 16.2 by the United Nations was a breakthrough: the international community must now act to transform this momentum into an unstoppable movement towards a world free from fear and from violence for all children.

The time is now: putting the new agenda into action has begun, and the follow-up and review process for the first year of implementation has already taken place.

Here you will find more information about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, including my views on the key issues, and reports and links to relevant sites.



SRSG celebrates the historic global commitment to end violence against children On Friday 25 September, the new global sustainable development agenda was unanimously adopted by the Member States of the United Nations. The new agenda includes for the first time a specific target (16.2) to end all forms of violence against children, and ending the abuse, neglect and exploitation of children is mainstreamed across several other violence-related targets. This is the time to celebrate the adoption of the new development agenda and highlight how the global community can make the vision of target 16.2 a reality for all the world's children. More 






The 2030 Agenda-implementation, follow up and review

When the United Nations adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 it committed to strive for a world guided by human rights, a world that is just, equitable and inclusive, and free from fear and from violence. Working towards sustained economic growth, social development and environmental protection for all, the agenda seeks to provide children and young people with a nurturing environment for the full realization of their rights and capabilities. More


Financing for Development requires move in resources from billions to trillions - savings from ending violence against children will be a crucial contribution to this goal

SRSG Santos Pais co-hosted with Unicef an event at the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where a Global Partnership and associated Fund to end violence against children was announced. This new initiative seeks to mobilize the resources needed to deliver on Target 16.2 of the Sustainable Development Agenda (SDG) to “End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.” More


Why ending violence against children is essential to sustainable development

The world stands at a pivotal moment towards ending violence against children and realizing the noble vision of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In September 2015, the Member States of the United Nations will gather to agree on the new sustainable development agenda. In the short period from now until the end of September, the world has a golden opportunity to ensure that ending this most severe violation of children’s rights – the phenomenon of violence against children –remains at the heart of this global strategic agenda. More


Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals Report of the Secretary-General - 2017 Session

Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals Report of the Secretary-General - 2016 Session

First report to track the Sustainable Development Goals

The Global Sustainable Development Report 2016 edition

Report of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators. The three global indicators for target 16.2 are below and can be found on page 57 of the report:

- 16.2.1 Proportion of children aged 1-17 years who experienced any physical punishment and/or psychological aggression by caregivers in the past month

-16.2.2 Number of victims of human trafficking per 100,000 population, by sex, age and form of exploitation

-16.2.3 Proportion of young women and men aged 18-29 years who experienced sexual violence by age 18

Read the report "Why Children's Protection from Violence should be at the Heart of the Post-2015 Development Agenda - A Review of Consultations with Children on the Post-2015 Development Agenda" 

The road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet. Synthesis report of the Secretary-General on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda              






Watch the video message by the SRSG Marta Santos Pais on the Post-2015 Development agenda.