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Beyond 2015: A voice for children

A new development agenda: The Sustainable Development Goals 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of universal targets designed to make the world a better place for all by the year 2030.

The SDGs are replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have structured the policies and agendas of the UN member states for the past 15 years.

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They were created during a lengthy consultation process between these member states, together with input from charities, including SOS Children's Villages, the private sector and, crucially, the people for whom the SDGs will have the greatest impact on.

The MDGs were viewed by many as a set of goals established by the developed world for the developing world to achieve. The SDGs are considerably different in that they apply equally to all UN member states, rich and poor.

What are the goals?

The overarching aim of the SDGs is the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions by 2030. This is undoubtedly an ambitious aim, but nevertheless one that we wholeheartedly support and believe in. There are 17 goals, six of which relate directly to SOS Children’s Villages' work. Working towards the achievement of these six will continue to form a central part of our work over the coming decades:

  • Goal 1: No poverty - end poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 3:Good health - ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 4: Quality education - ensure inclusive education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 8: Good jobs and economic growth - promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment and decent working conditions for all
  • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities - reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 16: Peace and justice - promote peaceful and inclusive societies. 

Ensuring children remain at the heart of the agenda 

Children hold a globe

We are incredibly proud to have played a role in the establishment of the SDGs, championing the rights of children and young people – particularly the most vulnerable.

Contributing to the new development agenda, and bringing the voices of children and young people into the global conversation, has been an honour for SOS Children’s Villages. We have tried to remind people at every step of the journey that to have a long-term impact on the world’s well-being, it is absolutely essential to invest in today’s children. To invest in global development without investing in children is like building a house on sand.”

—SOS Children’s Villages CEO, Richard Pichler.

In collaboration with five other child-focused NGOs, including UNICEF and Save the Children, we advocated for a critical focus on children in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read our collective recommendations for a post-2015 development agenda (pdf)...

We made sure that children and young people played a central part in the formulation of these recommendations, empowering them to have a say in shaping their future. We ran dedicated workshops and consultations on topics including education, health and inequality. Rodrigo, an SOS Child from Chile even addressed global leaders at an event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 

The United Nations General Assembly Summit 2015

Between 25-27th September, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will meet for the 70th time. The focus will be on the adoption of the SDGs – it is a chance for world leaders to really show their commitment to the achievement of the 17 goals.

SOS Children’s Villages will be represented by our CEO, Richard Pichler. Our involvement in the summit will demonstrate our commitment to the post-2015 agenda and will allow us to consolidate our position as an organisation ready to start implementing the agenda immediately.

A thumbnail of SOS Children's post-2015 recommendations

Autumn 2014: UN general assembly

The 69th session of the general assembly of the United Nations is an important landmark in establishing goals for sustainable development. SOS Children's VIllages will be a major presence, organising a number of side-events and advocating throughout for an increased emphasis on children in alternative care.

To reinforce this message, SOS Children's Villages is publishing a report outlining why this group must not be forgotten. Read the pdf here...

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What next after the Millennium Development Goals?

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SOS child speaks at UN

SOS child speaks at the United Nations

Rodrigo, a 14-year old boy from SOS Children's Village Chile, spoke at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. His speech addressed the Post-2015 SGDs. Growing up he never imagined that he would be speaking on behalf of the young people of Latin America at the UN.


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Why do children enter alternative care?

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Boy with football overlooks houses

“I want my voice to be heard”: Young people share hopes for post-2015 agenda

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SOS young people learning a trade

Tackling youth unemployment for global development

Ask any young person what's like finding a job and they'll tell you it's tough. Things are even harder for youngsters leaving alternative care. We believe that enabling this group through skills training, personal development and job creation must be a priority in the post-2015 agenda.