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Real work has only just begun, says World Vision ahead of historic summit to adopt global development goals


Approaching the UN summit to adopt the much-anticipated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aid agency World Vision says the real work has only just begun, and is urging politicians and policy makers to hit the ground running if they are to capitalise on this historic opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation.

Heads of state will gather in New York from 25 to 27 September to adopt an ambitious agenda to eradicate extreme poverty within the next 15 years. The agenda applies equally to all countries and outlines 17 goals to tackle the root causes of poverty, inequality and environmental destruction. They will also seek to promote peaceful and inclusive societies.

''The SDGs, as the successor of the Millennium Development Goals, represent an unprecedented opportunity to transform the lives of the most vulnerable children in the hardest places to live. These include commitments to end all forms of poverty, eliminate child hunger and preventable child deaths, and end all forms of violence against children.'' says CEO of World Vision Hong Kong, Kevin Chiu.

''The gols are just commitments on paper, however, until work begins to achieve them. We cannot afford to waste time.''

MDGs have not addressed the issue of inequality, hence, the most vulnerable children are missed out in the past 15 years of anti-poverty effort. This time, with the SDGs, politicians and policy makers must take urgent action to ensure the most vulnerable children are reached first. They are the children in remote areas, in the worst urban slums, in the midst of intractable conflicts and those buffeted by droughts or flooding caused by the effects of climate change.

The aid agency says it will be working to ensure commitments are kept at the country level. This includes empowering communities to hold their local leaders and governments accountable for progress. While recognising that children and youth are ‘critical agents of change’, they should also be seen as partners in development. Their participation fosters ownership and empowerment to contribute to their own well-being and that of society as a whole.

World Vision believes sustainable development begins with healthy, nourished and well-educated children free from all forms of violence. It is possible that the SDGs could transcend into reality, but this requires efforts across different sectors, with governments, aid agencies, businesses and the public working together to end extreme poverty within our generation.

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