Early Moments Matter
in East Asia and the Pacific
Asia’s most successful countries will be those whose decision makers recognize that achieving the equitable and sustained growth captured by SDG 8 requires investments to nurture and protect children’s cognitive capital. Optimizing children’s capabilities requires supporting mothers and caregivers through the prenatal period and ensuring that children survive and receive the care and services they need during the first 1,000 days and indeed over the child’s first decade of life to thrive. UNICEF can make a significant contribution to efforts on: 1) Maternal, new-born and child healthcare services; 2) Preventive and curative nutrition services; 3) Positive parenting; 4) ECD; 5) Quality learning in and out of school; 6) Multi-dimensional child poverty and social protection.