How the Millennium Development Goals failed the world’s poorest children

Peachey, Anna (2015). How the Millennium Development Goals failed the world’s poorest children. The Conversation, London.



UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, has warned that despite rapid progress in reductions of poverty and deprivation among children worldwide, disparities are still growing. The most marginalised children in some of the world’s poorest countries may actually have been left behind.

Are our best efforts failing the world’s most vulnerable children? At the dawn of this millennium, 189 countries of the United Nations signed a declaration committing the global community to the reduction of poverty, hunger, gender inequality, illiteracy, child mortality and environmental degradation. These ambitions were made tangible in the Millennium Development Goals, with corresponding targets set for 2015. These will shortly be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a framework of goals and targets for measuring further advances to the end of 2030.

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