New York, NY (May 30, 2013) — “The High Level Panel (HLP) placed two ambitious challenges in front of the global community today — eliminating extreme poverty and ending preventable child deaths.
“First, however, its recommendations (PDF: http://www.post2015hlp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/UN-Report.pdf) must survive a political gauntlet as governments negotiate the details and targets for achieving these aims. World Vision, through its presence in nearly 100 countries, will continue to press for a development framework and approach that ensures children thrive, as well as survive, and that these aims don’t get watered down or fall victim to international politics.
“Within the recommendations, the target to end preventable child deaths is the clearest bellwether of the international community’s ability to stay the course and deliver on ambitious goals. It’s within reach, but the last mile will be the hardest because deaths are concentrated in fragile states where there isn’t enough focus or investment.
“The HLP clearly understands that 50 percent of people living extreme poverty are in fragile and violent contexts, but the report fails to identify how we will achieve an end to poverty for those who have been excluded from the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). We must work out how to deliver outcomes for children in fragile states otherwise we’ll never end extreme poverty.”
- Adam Taylor, vice-president of Advocacy, World Vision US
DARTS AND LAURELS
The framework and approach
- Ending extreme poverty is the clear end-game
- The goals move from the MDG ambition that children survive to demanding they thrive
- ‘Zero targets’ recommended for ending hunger and preventable child deaths
- Global Goals with National Targets recognize need to adapt for varied contexts
- Makes explicit the importance of achieving progress in all parts of society
- The 12 goals are integrated, unlike the MDGs recognize cross-cutting issues (peace, inequality, climate change, cities, concerns of young people, girls, and women, and sustainable consumption and production patterns)
- The goals take an enabling approach, addressing the causes of poverty and the barriers to success
- Strong focus on children (96 mentions)
- Universality of the goals
- The analysis shows a clear understanding of the need to focus on the most excluded people
- Lack of clarity in the goals about how those in fragile and conflict contexts will be reached
Food Security and Nutrition
- Separate nutrition and food security goal that includes stunting and wasting reduction targets
- Food security goal includes a target on small family farms, zero hunger and right to food
- No target set for elimination of stunting in children
- Breastfeeding is sadly missing in the goals but it does call for clean water and good food. Breastfeeding alone can reduce child mortality by 13 percent.
- Goals to eliminate violence against children and child marriage and to increase birth registration
- Elimination of violence against children is lumped together with conflict, raising a concern that protection might only be viewed through a conflict lens and exploitation and abuse will be ignored
- Child participation in developing the goals, in implementation and accountability
- Civil Society Organizations(CSO) clearly part of partnership to make this happen
- CSOs — needs more clarity on role of CSOs in partnership
For more information, please contact Sharon Marshall at World Vision International.
Notes to editors:
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- World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
- Child Health Now is World Vision’s five-year global campaign aiming to see an end to the more than six million deaths of children under five that we believe are preventable. Our campaign is calling on governments and supporters to play their part in a global movement that ensures children have good access to nutritious food, clean water, and life-saving health services.
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