The Global Goals for a world where children are free from violence and exploitation


Over 150 world leaders will attend the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit from 25 to 27 September in New York to adopt the new global goals for the next 15 years. They will commit to 17 universal goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and address climate change.

Missed in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the challenging issues of violence against and exploitation of children are now an integral part of this new agenda, in which Member States make the historic commitment to a “world which invests in its children and in which every child grows up free from violence and exploitation.” ChildFund Alliance welcomes this reference and calls on governments, the United Nations, and civil society to realize this vision through decisive actions and investments.


For the past three years, ChildFund Alliance urged stakeholders to prioritize the protection of children from violence and exploitation in the new global goals. Over 680,000 people signed our petition in support of this call. As part of our ‘free from violence and exploitation’ campaign, over 16,000 children from 50 countries were consulted on these issues, telling us of their hopes and aspirations for the future. Visit to learn more. 


Meg Gardinier, Secretary General of ChildFund Alliance said: “We celebrate this breakthrough for millions of children who still live in fear and are subject to violence and exploitation. We welcome the new agenda not only for including a target to end violence against children, but also for addressing the issue through targets on education, gender equality, employment and others.


“We all have a duty to listen to children and young people – who have helped shape this agenda – and who will benefit from its implementation.  They must be part of the process and have a seat at the table where both their present reality and future is negotiated.”


She added: “ChildFund Alliance is certain of the transformative potential of collective and decisive action to end violence against and exploitation of children. Together, we can change our world.”


ChildFund Alliance welcomes the new global goals as indivisible and universal, and calls attention to the following targets in particular:


Goal 4 : Quality Education
4.a: build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all


Goal 5 Gender Equality
5.2: end all forms of violence against women and girls in public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
5.3: eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilations


Goal 8 : Good Jobs and Economic Growth
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 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
11.2: by 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
11.7: by 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, particularly for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities


Goal 16 : Peace and Justice
16.1: significantly reduce all forms of violence and related deaths everywhere
16.2: end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children
16.9: by 2030 provide legal identity for all including birth registration


Read Kiwi children's views on violence against children and their safety in New Zealand.


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