The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

UNICEF and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

For 15 years, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were a guiding force on many issues affecting the lives of children, young people and their families. During this time, tremendous progress was made in reducing preventable child deaths, getting more boys and girls into schools, reducing extreme poverty and ensuring more people have access to safe water and nutritious food.

However, progress was uneven and many of the most pressing issues for the world were not adequately covered in the MDGs.

With the passage of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September of 2015, world leaders have set a transformational course for the future of human development. Millions of people were involved in crafting this new sustainable development agenda, including: governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, the UN system, concerned individuals. These stakeholders and others will now need to be involved in implementing this agenda so that it delivers for all children globally.

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