AN URGENT PRIORITY
Ending poverty has become a defining goal for this generation, one that we all aspire to achieve and want to contribute to. But sadly, the reality is children remain disproportionally affected. Millions of children around the world remain poor, and deprived of what they need to develop and thrive.
We need to change this. We are calling on people and leaders around the world to take action to end child poverty as part of the SDGs.
Poverty hits children hardest
Whilst poverty harms all human beings, it is more threatening to children. Childhood is a time of unique opportunity and vulnerability, and experiencing poverty in its various dimensions can be particularly damaging to a child’s development.
Children growing up in poverty are much more likely to die before their 5th birthday, and less likely to be well nourished, or receive a good education, basic healthcare or clean water and decent sanitation.
Poverty denies children of their right to grow up free from deprivation and want, and develop healthily to their full potential.
CHILDREN ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE POOR
We know children are key to ending global poverty, and yet they remain disproportionally affected. Nearly one in every two people living in extreme poverty around the world is 18 years old or less.
Child poverty isn’t just a problem in poor countries. In every country with available data children are most likely to be poor. Even in the world’s richest countries, children remain disproportionally concentrated among the poor.
Child poverty is an issue that faces all societies, and must bind us, globally.
Put children first
The good news is that we have already cut extreme poverty by more than half since 1990, and made crucial progress in reducing child malnutrition, expanding education, and providing many children with basic health care, safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
But this is not enough. Many children continue to be born and grow up in poverty in its different dimensions, whilst alarming disparities persist, with the poorest children furthest behind.
We need to change this. Lifting children out of poverty will make a huge difference to their lives, and those of the families, communities, and countries in which they live.
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