Putting Children at the Center of the SDGs

Today’s children face an uncertain future. Climate change, conflicts, inequalities, and exploitative marketing practices threaten their health and wellbeing. Investing in children would bring global benefits to several societal aspects, from the economy to the environment. A recent report by the WHO, UNICEF, and The Lancet introduces a new way of ranking countries according to the emphasis they place on children’s health and environmental sustainability. In doing so they make a case for putting children at the center of the SDGs.

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Child-related SDG indicators. Source: Progress for every child in the SDG era, page 11

We live in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is about making sure that the future is taken as seriously as the present. And that is not what we are doing.

Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet

A new measure for children’s flourishing

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Defending the present without compromising the future

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Source: The Lancet Infographics
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Co-Benefits of placing children at the center of the SDGs

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Source: A Future for the World’s Children?

Euro-Mediterranean Center on #ClimateChange: integrated, multi-disciplinary and frontier research on climate science and policy.

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