This month the ChildFund Alliance has launched a global campaign to ensure the world’s children are free from violence and exploitation. A petition has been created to send a message to the UN and world governments asking that child protection be put on the global agenda.
In 2000, Governments and United Nations set global priorities to reduce poverty around the world by 2015. They were called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and have led to much progress.
But the MDGs missed the opportunity to prioritise freeing children from violence and exploitation.
Worldwide, almost half of all children experience some form of physical violence before the age of eight; 115 million children are involved in hazardous work; and more than 200 million children are subject to sexual abuse.
This month, a new set of priorities is being decided to improve the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged children, their families and communities. A panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda will present its recommendations to the UN Secretary-General at the end of May.
ChildFund New Zealand Chief Executive Paul Brown is urging New Zealanders to add their voices by signing ChildFund's petition.
“We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put children first and contribute to a future where no child has to live in fear or ever run the risk of being exploited. It may be a difficult journey but how can we not try?”