Once the Millennium Development Goals started coming to an end, States, UN agencies, the EU, Civil Society Organisations and development actors actively discussed and framed what would be the common vision and goals of Development after 2015.

Our contribution to this focused on putting children at the heart of the implementation of the new global agenda.

In September 2015, 193 countries adopted the universal 2030 Agenda, a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and fight inequalities while ‘leaving no one behind’ – a commitment that we apply in our work.

The Active Role of Children & Youth in the Agenda 2030

The Agenda 2030 is an overarching global framework for our development efforts to achieve impact for children, youth and communities.

TDH recognises that children and youth are the main participants in their own development and so we believe they have an active role in achieving the SDGs.

Investing in children is a key element for achieving progress on the SDGs. Poor health, lack of educational opportunities, environmental degradation, gender disparities and failure to protect children from violence and exploitation remain major obstacles to sustained economic growth and development.

TDH and the SDGs


5.9 million children under the age of 5 died in 2015. Children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 14 times more likely to die before the age of 5 than children in developed regions. (WHO)


Health is one of our main sectors of activities where we implement innovative solutions.  Read more: go to the dedicated page.


Around 50 per cent of out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas. (UN)

Education plays a huge role in enabling children to have a brighter future.

Flagship Project

Terre des Hommes has had major success helping to provide inclusive education in East Jerusalem, by promoting a system that embraces diversity and tackles discrimination. So far the project has helped 2,000 schoolchildren and their parents by providing multi-sensory learning rooms, extracurricular activities and online forums for teachers to share best teaching practices in English and Arabic. Read more on this project here.



Over half a billion children are living in areas with extremely high levels of floods and nearly 160 million children  live in areas of high or extremely high droughts. (Unicef)


Terre des Hommes has shone a light on how a healthy environment is essential to a child’s physical and mental health by organising the Global Action Month.

Across the world, over 140,000 people took part in 128 events to show how children in all corners of the globe lack access to drinking water and food and suffer from ill-health due to environmental degradation. These obstacles seriously hinder children’s ability to realise their true potential. That’s why TDH took the lead in co-organising last year’s UN Committee on the Rights of the Child General Day of Discussion addressing this issue.

To build evidence around this topic, we focused our latest Child Labour Report (2017) on how the environmental causes are pushing children to work in bad conditions.


Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. (UN Population Fund)

Launched in in July 2016, the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) is implemented by Terre des Hommes with Plan International and Defence for Children International, and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It works to ensure that girls and young women are free from all forms of gender-based violence and are economically empowered. The GAA does this by influencing gender stereotypes, social-cultural norms, international legislation and human rights mechanisms within the UN.


Our work on specific targets of the SDGs:


SDG 16.2 Violence against children


Violence against children takes many forms, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and may involve neglect or deprivation. (Unicef)

Terre des Hommes acts as part of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, an alliance aiming to end violence, protect children and create safer societies for them to make the SDG of ending violence by 2030 a reality.

Stopping violence against children:

Together with our partners we actively fight child exploitation on different levels: working directly with the children affected, their families and communities, training experts and officials and advocating for children’s rights policies.

SDG 8.7 Combating child exploitation


168 million children are affected by child labour and more than half of them, 85 million, are doing hazardous work. (ILO)

A large part of Terre des Hommes’ work is on combating child labour, through projects to prevent the exploitation of children, to offer alternative solutions for children and their families and improving the working conditions and giving access to education for those children who have no other way out, and their communities. Read more here

SDG 10.7 – Protecting children on the move


Nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced. (Unicef)

Children on the move have the right to move as well as being protected, based on their best interest and on their views. TDH does this through its campaign Destination Unknown. To find out more, please visit destination-unknown.org 

As world leaders get ready to negotiate on agreements to protect refugees and migrants worldwide, TDH and other organisations part of the Initiative on Child Rights in the Global Compacts  are working to ensure children are not left out and their protection needs are taken into account when adopting the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact on Migration.