1,000 days till the MDG targets
There are 1,000 days until the end of 2015, the date set for reaching the Millennium Development Goals; this means 1,000 days of action to ensure every child, everywhere can share in the world’s development.
- Despite remarkable achievements, progress has been uneven; millions of children are being left behind and daunting disparities still exist. (e.g. Children in the poorest households are more than twice as likely to be stunted as children from the richest households)
- During these 1,000 days much can be achieved if governments, civil society, the private sector and the international community accelerate action to end the disparities that leave children out and work together to ensure every last child has the opportunity to survive and thrive.
No matter where they live or how poor they are, all children have a right to survival, quality education, proper nutrition, safe water and sanitation, and protection from violence and abuse. When governments adopted the MDGs, they committed to building a better world for children.
- Large numbers of children and their families continue to be left out because of inequality, discrimination, violence and conflict. These issues must be addressed in order to eradicate poverty and ensure the rights of children.
Children are at the heart of sustainable development.
- Children are the inheritors of the planet and the stewards of the future. They are also particularly vulnerable to climate-related disasters, economic impacts (such as rising food costs) and environmental pollution.
- The future of our children depends on urgent, effective and coordinated actions to protect the earth’s ecosystems and move to more sustainable and equitable global production and consumption patterns.
Investing in children yields high and long-lasting returns, not only for individuals and families but for entire societies.
- Poverty is transmitted from one generation to the next. Since the foundation of an individual’s health and well-being is laid in childhood, the most opportune time to break the cycle of poverty, or prevent it from beginning, is during that time.
 Analysis is based on a subset of countries with available data by sub-national grouping (for some excluding China), covering more than 50 per cent of the global under-five population.