World leaders must make equality their priority

Friday 9 May 2014

World leaders must make equality their priority

New Save the Children report offers path to ending poverty in a generation

(Jakarta, Indonesia) – As UN Member States gather in New York to shape the successor to the Millennium Development Goals, Save the Children has, today, released a new report setting out an ambitious but achievable road-map to end poverty in a generation.

Save the Children’s ‘Framework for the Future’ offers 12 concrete goals and targets capable of putting an end to extreme poverty – for good. With a focus on people, planet and processes, the report presents a vision for 2030 where every child has the chance not only to survive, but to thrive.

2014 is a critical year in the international community’s process to define the post-2015 framework.  As governments discuss and shape the contents of the new development goals, they must keep levels of ambition high, putting the foundations in place for a framework that is capable of inspiring real and sustainable change for the world's poorest and most vulnerable children.

Globally 85 million children are involved in hazardous work and in Indonesia more than 2million children between the ages of 7-15 are not in school. 

 The post-2015 framework must promote the rights of all children.  Governments must do more to building on the success of the MDGs and protect the disadvantaged children who are currently being left behind.

“The world as a whole remains off-track towards meeting the 4th Millenium Development Goal of a two thirds reduction in child mortality by 2015. In Indonesia,  48,000 children die each year during childbirth or within the first day of life” said Save the Children Indonesia’s Country Director, Ricardo Caivano.  “An intensified push is needed now to maximize progress in the period up to the target date.”  

Save the Children's proposals for post-2015 sustainable development goals draw on the results of the consultations we facilitated with children, consultations with civil society leaders and our experience of working for children's rights in more than 120 countries across the world.

“Government of Indonesia welcomed the inputs and is ready to continuously work closely with all relevant stakeholders including non-governmental actors in shaping the post-2015 development agenda to end extreme poverty, realizing sustainable growth with equity, and protecting the rights of every child with an open and good governance.” said Hasan Kleib, Deputy-Minister for Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia.

2015 could be the year that governments across the world, including Indonesia put a deadline on their longstanding commitment to end extreme poverty, ensuring that no child dies from preventable causes, every child gets a good-quality education, and every child is protected from violence.


The world has seen unprecedented progress in poverty reduction over the past two and a half decades. The number of children under the age of five that die each year from preventable causes has almost halved since 1990. More than 2 billion more people now have access to safe drinking water, and nearly 50 million more children are in primary school. The number of people across the globe living in absolute poverty has halved.  We are the generation that could see an end to extreme poverty in all of its forms, and we must be ready to do everything in our power to make this vision a reality. 

In 2015 world leaders will gather at the UN General Assembly to agree on a new framework that has the potential to shift the course of global development; a framework that could end extreme poverty within a generation. Such a framework requires an opening statement that is inspiring, bold and visionary, committing governments across the world to step up a gear in their efforts to advance sustainable human development.  In our new report Framework for the Future we present a sketch of what this statement could look like – a preamble to the framework of goals and targets in which world leaders present their vision for the future and outline the steps they will take to achieve it.

By 2030 we want to live in a world where: 

  • Extreme income poverty has ended and the benefits of economic growth are shared by all
  • No one suffers from hunger, and everyone has food, nutrition and water security
  • No mother, newborn baby or child dies from preventable causes and everyone has access to good-quality healthcare without financial hardship
  • All children and young people have equitable access to a good-quality education and achieve good learning outcomes
  • All girls and boys live a life free from violence, are protected in conflict and disasters, and thrive in a safe family environment
  • Women and girls are empowered and have equal rights to men and boys
  • All people have access to resource efficient and low carbon energy
  • All societies are resilient to disasters
  • All people enjoy a sustainable, healthy and resilient environment
  • The world is on track to avoid dangerous climate change and is less vulnerable to its impacts
  • Governance at all levels is open, inclusive and accountable
  • Robust global partnerships advance sustainable human development

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