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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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UNICEF report: Over half a billion ‘uncounted’ children live in countries unable to measure SDG progress
NEW YORK, 7 MARCH 2018 – Early assessment of progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals confirms an alarming lack of data in 64 countries, as well as insufficient progress toward the SDGs for another 37 countries where the data can be tracked.  

UNICEF co-hosts 'Youth Power the Planet: an SDG Activate Talk' at COP23, featuring young creators
BONN, GERMANY, 7 NOVEMBER 2017 -- The power of youth creativity to take climate action was strongly felt at the Closing Ceremony for the COP23 Young and Future Generations Day. UNICEF co-hosted an SDG Activate Talk in collaboration with UNFCCC and UNDP on the occasion of COP23 to showcase the ways in which children and youth are using creative mediums to take climate action, ranging from visual art, videography, song and voice. 

On the Occasion of the New York Comic Con, Comics Uniting Nations Partners Announce Comic Contest for Children and Youth, New Comics on Climate Action, Disabilities and Inclusion
NEW YORK, 5 October 2017 -- The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) calls for young people to create the next global superhero to take on climate change and protect nature.

Nord Anglia Education Students Address The President and Members of The UN General Assembly
HONG KONG, July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Students from Nord Anglia Education schools in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America led discussions about progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) at a special side-event during the United Nation's (UN) High-Level Political Forum co-hosted by the governments of Bulgaria, Malaysia and Argentina together with UNICEF, Project Everyone and Nord Anglia Education. See highlights video here

Perception Data as a Metric of Well-Being and SDG Progress: An HLPF Side Event
NEW YORK, 13 July 2017 -- A High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development side event, entitled ‘Perception Data as a Metric of Well-Being’, showcased the results of several pilots that used quantitative and qualitative methodologies to collect perception data on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in order to assist decision-makers in SDG review activities. Co-sponsored by the governments of Guatemala and Zimbabwe, UNICEF, World Food Programme (WFP), SDG Action Campaign, and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the event focused on six of the seven goals (1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 14) under review during this year’s HLPF and attracted about 100 participants.

UNICEF hosts Activate Talk with young leaders and innovators during UN Oceans Conference
NEW YORK, 7 June 2017 -- On the margins of the UN Oceans Conference and on the eve of World Oceans Day, over 200 people gathered at UNICEF Headquarters to witness a group of seven young “wave makers” ranging from 10 to 24 years old discuss the role of children and youth in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 14: Life Below Water.  This was UNICEF’s second SDG Activate Talk since the adoption of Agenda 2030 by Member States in September 2015. UNICEF is collaborating with young change makers from around the world on an SDG Activate Talk series with the two intentions of bringing the messages of the SDGs to the young public as well as showcasing to decision-makers the positive actions children and young people are already taking on various issues within the agenda.

New comic book from Comics Uniting Nations tells the story of children who learn about the consequences of purchasing illegal wildlife products and decide to take action.
NEW YORK, 17 February 2017 -- Comics Uniting Nations, founded by UNICEF and PCI Media, have partnered with UN Environment to create the latest comic in the series. The Wild for Life comic tells the story of children who learn about the consequences of people’s decisions to purchase illegal wildlife products, take action to tell their friends and family and help spread the word on the issue to enable people to make better informed choices that don’t harm the planet.

Nord Anglia Education Students Working with UNICEF to Help End World Hunger and Promote Health and Well-Being
Hong Kong, 1 February 2017 -- UNICEF is challenging students at Nord Anglia Education, (NYSE: NORD), the world's leading premium schools organisation, to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to work with their local communities to create solutions for these global issues.

UNICEF Convenes Local Community-Change Makers for a Public "Activate Talk" on Sustainability and Responsible Consumption
NEW YORK, 10 November, 2016 - UNICEF Headquarters opened its doors to the young public of the greater New York metro area for an "activate talk on becoming more sustainable. The event, entitled "From Trashing to Treasuring: Community change-makers for a sustainable world," featured a panel of change-makers who are working on sustainability issues in their personal and professional lives.

Global Goals Awards honour champions for women’s and girls’ rights
NEW YORK, 20 September, 2016 – The first annual Global Goals Awards tonight honoured a lawyer who fights against child marriage in Tanzania, a Syrian teen and Olympic swimmer who saved fellow refugees from drowning, and an organization that brings health care to vulnerable girls and women in Pakistan.

World leaders must invest in better data on children
NEW YORK, 14 September 2016 – UNICEF is calling on world leaders to invest in better data on children, warning in a new analysis that sufficient data is available only for half of the child-related Sustainable Development Goals indicators.

Can Comics Save the World? Comics Uniting Nations Partnership rings Nasdaq opening bell 
28 July 2016, New York, NY – UNICEF, PCI Media Impact, World’s Largest Lesson and Eco Boys and Girls aim to bring the messages of sustainable development to the children of the world.  The partnership is working to help children learn about and support the Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 as part of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Comics Uniting Nations launches climate change comic for children at COP21
Paris, 10 December 2015As world leaders continue to convene at COP21 to reach an agreement on climate, Comics Uniting Nations launches a comic to help children and young people understand the effects of climate change. The comic, Chakra – climate change, features one of India’s leading superheroes, “Chakra The Invincible,” who was created by Stan Lee and Sharad Devarajan, and addresses climate change through the adventures of “Chakra The Invincible” and his best friend, “Mighty Girl”.

UNICEF: Sustainable Development Goals beginning of the 'drive to turn commitments into action’
NEW YORK, 25 September 2015 – “Today’s welcome decision marks the end of a process – and a beginning. The drive to turn commitments into action.

ChildFund Alliance, IDA, IDDC, Plan, Save the Children, SOS Children's Villages, UN Major Group for Children and Youth, UNICEF and World Vision Joint Communique
New York, 27 March 2015 – A broad coalition of development and advocacy organizations have today thrown their support behind a proposal by the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates to designate Children, Young People, Women and Persons with Disabilities as one of the six specific themes to be addressed at September’s United Nations summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.

Government of Peru Plays Host to Global Event on Participatory Monitoring and Accountability
Lima, 12 March 2015 Consultation co-convened by Canada, Peru and the Republic of Korea and facilitated by UNICEF, UN Women and UNDP highlights how people’s participation is central to the achievement of future SDGs.  

A ‘Samoa Pathway’ Towards Empowering and Fulfilling the Rights of All Children
Apia, Samoa, September 2014UNICEF Contribution to the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.

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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