YPM reaffirms commitment to Agenda 2030

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Young People in the Media (YPM) have emphasised the importance of the linkages between Agenda 2030 and child rights, stressing their commitment to contribute in the implementation and attainment of the needs of all the 17 targets of the global development Agenda. This includes action for people, planet, prosperity and strengthening universal peace in larger freedom.

At the celebration of the Day of the African Child (DAC) 2018, members said the day represents an African reflection of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by presenting a development framework for achieving social and economic development in and for Africa, based on seven aspirations.

In 1991, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the then OAU instituted the Day of the African Child (DAC) to immortalize the 16th June 1976 student uprising in Soweto, South Africa. At that time, students marched in protest against the poor quality of education they received and demanded to be taught in their own languages.

The Agenda 2030 and the Charter on children particularly undertake to implement and observe the Charter’s reporting cycle as a matter of priority.

Agenda 2030 sets out 17 SDGs together with several targets to be reached by all Member States and other stakeholders by 2030. The goals bring the pillars of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental) together with the elements of peace, justice and viable institutions to drive and maintain overall development and ensure that no one is left behind in the development process.

The United Nations (UN) Member States adopted, at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on September 25, 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a continuation of efforts towards reaching the targets set out in the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) while adopting a more radical approach to global transformation with a particular emphasis on targeting those left furthest behind first.

The ACRWC and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – (CRC), Agenda 2030 recognises the interdependence of rights and underscores the importance of the goals to the development of children. Through the adoption of a rights-based approach to sustainable development, children’s rights are highlighted as the pivot around which State action towards development should revolve. This approach increases monitoring and improves accountability of governments towards the realisation of children’s rights in connection to Agenda 2030 goals.

Author: Fatou Dem