As of 2014, Unicef has updated their strategic plan to cater to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which will be finalised on September 2015.

During the Rio+20 conference in June 2012, member states agreed upon a new set of Sustainable Development Goals which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and converge with the post-2015 development agenda, which is currently being defined by the United Nations. The MDG’s were first addressed in September 2000 which outline eight development targets to be achieved by 2015. The MDG’s set out to:

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. Achieve universal primary education
  3. Promote gender equality and women’s empowerment
  4. Reduce child mortality
  5. Improve maternal health
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability
  8. Develop a global partnership in development

The new SDG’s will be launched at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit between September 25 – 27 2015 in New York, where world leaders will congregate to establish an “inclusive and transparent intergovernmental process open to all stakeholders, with a view to developing global sustainable development goals to be agreed by the General Assembly“.

This year, Unicef has the opportunity to contribute to the new set of SDG’s by making the end of violence against children a global priority for the first time. In this new global partnership, Unicef seeks to end violence, abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and torture against children to ensure the SDG’s enables very child to grow in a health, safe, and happy environment.

You can read the latest policy paper on the partnership to protect children here, published by the NYU Center on International Cooperation in partnership with Unicef UK.

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