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In 2015 world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). These Global Goals are a set of ambitious targets to fight inequality, improve healthcare, provide inclusive education for all and end violence against all children. The Goals promise to #LeaveNoOneBehind.
But as it stands, the Goals will leave a lot of children behind. Those that live on the streets, in orphanages and institutions, or have been trafficked. This is because the data collection framework used to measure the outcomes of the goals, is not equipped to count children who live without parental care and/or outside of households.
This needs to change. That’s why we are calling on world leaders and experts who are attending the UN World Data Forum between 15 and 18 January, to make a commitment towards the most vulnerable children by starting to count them.
The SDGs provide an opportunity to change the lives of millions of children, but if we do not change the way in which development progress is measured, millions of children will miss out. The World Data Forum provides a great moment for government representatives and donors to start taking firm decisions on how to change the status quo.
Experts from across the world agree that it is necessary and possible to achieve a change in how we count children. But to achieve change, we need political leadership. Join us in calling on the leaders at the World Data Forum to #CountAllChildren.
Over 250 civil society organisations from across the world have signed a letter specifically outlining the recommendations to the United Nations and world leaders on how to ensure that all children are counted. The letter is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Bulgarian and Italian.
We are Lumos, SOS Children’s Villages and over 250 civil society organisations from across the world calling on world leaders to ensure all children can benefit from the Sustainable Development Goals.