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15 Musts for Fighting Global Poverty in the Next 15 Years


As the Millennium Development Goals come to an end this year, the world looks ahead to what is next. More than 1.2 billion people are living on less than US$1.25 a day and 2.4 billion are living on less than US$2 a day.

Coming off 15 years of intense poverty fighting, a new set of goals are needed post-2015 that will stop at nothing to end poverty, hunger, child violence and child labour. Over the next 15 years there are many things we must see if we are to reach zero poverty:

  1. The elimination of childhood malnutrition
  2. Reach all children in the critical window of opportunity: the first 1,000 days of life
  3. The end of absolute poverty
  4. Stop at nothing until zero preventable deaths of children under the age of five is achieved
  5. Continued improvement of the health of mothers and newborns
  6. An end of all forms of physical and sexual violence against girls and boys
  7. No child suffers from trapped labour or trafficking
  8. The world achieves lasting peace and eliminates violence
  9. Children living in vulnerable and fragile environments are protected and enjoy a safe childhood
  10. Continued collaboration across governmental and corporate divides to deliver positive change
  11. The next set of global anti-poverty goals needs to represent the views, needs, and voices of children
  12. Local to global advocacy movement
  13. Continued excitement and momentum around the anti-poverty movement
  14. A world where every child gets to be a child
  15. A fairer world for all



2. Ensuring all children receive adequate nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life is critical. Poor nutrition can set back physical and mental development for a lifetime.


3. 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. Every year, 6.3 million children lose their lives to preventable causes such as pneumonia and diarrhoea. The only way to change this is relentless action.


5. Improved maternal health has a significant impact on the health and survival of newborns. Newborns are protected when pregnant women and new mothers have access to quality health services.


6. Every child should have the right to be free from abuse and harm.


7. 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 to achieve lasting peace and eliminate violence.


9. All children should have the right to a safe place to be a child.


10. Cross-agency work and partnership is the only way to achieve sustainable and lasting change.


11. 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.


12. Advocacy efforts at the local level need to transpire at the global level.


13. Continued excitement and momentum around the anti-poverty movement.


14. We must work to provide a world where every child can play and live healthy, safe, and protected lives.


15. A fairer world means a world where every person can thrive no matter their gender, race, or place of birth.

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