As you are well aware, the United Nations is in the process of defining a post-2015 development agenda. This 15-year agenda will be launched at a Summit in September 2015, which is the target date for realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The post-2015 agenda seeks to place people at the heart of sustainable development. Many of children’s holistic needs are included in the Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Agenda and the Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals, most notably health care, education, and protection from violence, exploitation, and abuse.
In a letter sent to international leaders this week, Lumos Founder and President J.K. Rowling noted that while there is widespread agreement that the post-2015 agenda should “leave no one behind”, as currently conceived, the Sustainable Development Goals are leaving families – and children living outside of family care – very far behind. They are not mentioned once.
Indeed, caring and protective families are central to a children’s health, development, and protection. It will be extraordinarily difficult to achieve targets in health, early childhood development, education, and protection without a concerted effort to engage families.
Services delivered to children do not work in a vacuum. They are most effective when they consider the vital role of family in children’s lives and well-being.
Representatives of the United Nations Member States will be meeting in New York next week to share perspectives on how the post-2015 goals and targets should be framed.
Join J.K. Rowling and Lumos in a call to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals include families – and children living without them. We believe that it is absolutely within our reach to significantly reduce the number of children outside family care, including a reduction by half of the number of children living in institutions by 2030.
We have launched a social media campaign that mobilizes our supporters and targets key decision makers who can influence and initiate change. We are asking supporters to directly appeal to key influencers through social media by Tweeting and asking them to consider families in the post-2015 development agenda using the hashtag #leavenoonebehind. More details about the campaign and how you can get involved can be found here.
Together, we can ensure that no one is left behind.
Policy and Advocacy Director