European Commission plans to establish a new platform to monitor how well the Sustainable Development Goals are being met should be much more ambitious, a position paper by SDG Watch Europe said today.
Seventy-two NGOs – including Terre des Hommes – signed the paper which asked the Commission to ensure the new platform was as ambitious as possible, allowing the European Union to lead the way in implementing the SDGs within the current troubling political climate.
Establishing a platform which ensures the SDGs are a central element in all EU policy, communications and financial decision-making would allow the EU to demonstrate the best way of setting up similar platforms to other regions and countries across the world.
In particular, it is important the platform includes a range of different civil society and communications-based organisations, the private sector, trade unions, co-operatives, academia, governments and groups representing those at risk of being left behind.
Organisations should be able to bring the strong links they have to grassroots movements to enrich the work done by the platform, in particular those with links to poor and vulnerable people and communities in the Global South.
It is also important that the platform is gender balanced, that participants can put forward their own representatives rather than them be externally chosen and that members of the platform should work to achieve the SDGs rather than promoting narrower interests.
SDG Watch Europe is a cross-sector alliance of organisations working on development, environmental, human rights, social and other issues. It’s goal is to hold European governments and EU institutions to account in making sure they do everything that can to help the world realise the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
You can read the position paper in full here.
On 25 September 2015, Heads of State from 193 countries launched the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda, adopting 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 specific targets to be implemented worldwide over a decade and a half – 2015 to 2030.
Targets 8.7 and 16.2 direct focus is on eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2025:
• Goal 8.7 Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms;
•Goal 16.2. End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children. Our work to end the worst forms of child labour, contributes directly to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Terre des Hommes believes that all worst forms of child labour should be abolished and
Terre des Hommes International Federation has endorsed the Appeal, signed by 40 non-governmental organisations and networks, convinced that a UN Resolution on family care to be adopted at the 2014 UN General Assembly can bring an added-value in improving laws and policies that stengthen the capacities of parents and caregivers to better care and protect children. As recalled by the Appeal, progress made by States in such laws and policy are to be evaluated in the light of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2009.
Read and download the Appeal Calling for a focus on strengthening family care and providing appropriate alternative care for children in the 2014 UNGA resolution on the rights of the child: NGOs Appeal on 2014 UNGA child rights resolution
The development community is discussing new objectives on how to eradicate poverty. This is the so called “Post 2015 MDG Agenda”. Terre des Hommes believe that Child Protection and child rights must receive due policy priority in this Agenda. This is an ambitious objective that needs common efforts by child rights defenders. Under the lead work of the NGO “Family for Evey Child”, a group of NGOs joined efforts to produce a series of six thematic position papers aimed at influencing the post-MDG agenda. Terre des Hommes contributed to that common work. We invite any organisation involved in the post-MDG debate to make use of them to promote development based on child rights.
You can download the thematic papers here:
This submission addresses points on both the topics proposed in the Guidelines for the 2012 Day of General Discussion, focusing in particular on the second set of questions raised: national level measures to implement the rights of children in international migration situations in countries of origin, transit and destination.
A report from the “Southeast Asia Conference on Children on the Move” (Bangkok, November 16-18 2010) including the voices of children on the move