Post-2015 Development Agenda

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Joint Statement:  Suggested amendments to the 'Introduction and Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post-2015 Development Agenda'
New York, 19 June 2014 -- As child focused agencies, we welcome the ‘zero draft’ of the Open Working Group’s proposed goals and targets on sustainable development. We are particularly concerned about the extent of violence against children across the world and we respectfully suggest the following amendments to the proposed goals and targets. We believe that these amendments will contribute significantly to increasing the safety, care and protection of millions of vulnerable children. 

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake's remarks at the President of the UN General Assembly's High-level Event on the 'Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda'
NEW YORK, 6 March 2014 -- "My colleagues are ably addressing women and civil society, so allow me to focus my comments on children..."

News Note: UNICEF backs new report on child survival
NEW YORK, 25 September 2013 - UNICEF warmly welcomes the launch by Save the Children of an important new report, “Getting to Zero: how tackling inequality and governance could move us closer to finishing the job of the MDGs”.

International Youth Voices on Post-2015
NEW YORK, 24 September 2013Young people want to take more responsibility and they want to be heard.  To strengthen their voice, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Foreign Ministry of Mexico and further UN Member states organized, with facilitation support from the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Breakfast Side Event “International Youth Voices on Post-2015”.

Remarks by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake at Addressing Inequalities Side Event Hosted by the Government of Denmark in New York
NEW YORK, 8 July 2013 – “For reasons both principled and practical, addressing inequalities should be at the heart of the post-2015 agenda. Thanks to many of the people in this room, and especially the government of Denmark, the Copenhagen meeting in February was an important milestone in making that a reality. Indeed, last month, the High Level Panel’s report on that agenda called for a transformative shift ― to address inequalities ― to ‘leave no one behind.’

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake's remarks at an Inequalities Debate
NEW YORK, 8 July 2013 – “In February, to mark World Justice Day, the Secretary-General remarked that ‘we see far too many places where there are increasing opportunities for a few and only rising inequality for the many.’

UNICEF: Children are both the makers and the markers of healthy, sustainable societies
NEW YORK, 24 June 2013 – One year after the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference building “The future we want” – Rio’s outcome – will be dependent on children being at the heart of the post-2015 agenda, says UNICEF. A new UNICEF paper, Sustainable development starts and ends with safe, healthy and well-educated children, outlines three messages that are key for achieving a world fit for children – today and for future generations.

Statement by child-focused agencies on the post-2015 High-Level Panel report
NEW YORK, 31 May 2013 – “We welcome the release of the report from the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and commend the efforts of its Members and its Secretariat to outline an ambitious yet achievable development framework for the years to come after 2015.

Protecting children, safeguarding their development from conflict, violence and disasters
HELSINKI, 13 March 2013 - More than 100 delegates from over 20 countries met in Helsinki today to discuss how to make sure countries around the world can better prevent the fallout of conflicts, war and disasters from reversing the gains in development, economic growth and provision of services to their people in the future global development agenda.

Speech by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, to the High Level Dialogue on Health in the Post-2015 Agenda
GABARONE, Botswana, 4 March 2013 – “Who said that: ‘Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have’  It was Winston Churchill. But it could have been anyone with common sense. Because the ambitions of a society can only be realized through the ambitions of its people ― their energy, intelligence, education and vision. Without health, these ambitions will never take root and never support the growth all countries need to secure their futures.

Addressing inequalities is not a choice - it's a moral and practical necessity, says UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 21 February 2013 – “[W]e should be asking not only what growth will do for equity…but also what equity will do for growth.” In his opening remarks at The Leadership Meeting on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda held on 18–19 February in Copenhagen, Denmark, Executive Director Anthony Lake channeled the spirit of former United States President John F. Kennedy to articulate one of the central themes of the two-day meeting – that growing inequalities impede sustainable and equitable growth and harm all parts of society, not just those who are poor or marginalized.

Speech by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, to the Global Consultation on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda 
COPENHAGEN, 19 February 2013 - “Addressing inequalities is not a choice - it’s a moral and practical necessity.  A moral necessity that speaks directly to our conscience…our sense of fairness and justice…our conviction that all people must have a fair opportunity to live full, healthy lives, no matter where they live, no matter what barriers they face. That is their right.  And a practical necessity, because a focus on equity in our work saves more lives ― is more cost-effective ― spurs economic growth ― and is an important means of ‘getting to zero’ in preventable deaths, malnutrition and denial of basic services.


 

 

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