Six leading NGOs call for a ‘second revolution’ for children’s rights
Joining Forces – June 26 2019
The ‘Joining Forces Alliance’ — an alliance of the six leading child-focused organisations – launched its report, “A Second Revolution: 30 years of child rights, and the unfinished agenda”, during an event today at the United Nations.
The report, presented to UN representatives, notes achievements made since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 30 years ago, but also highlights major shortcomings in reaching all children.
“It is the most vulnerable children the world overlooks – those facing extreme poverty, the young living in fragile states, refugees, and children with disabilities,” said Meg Gardinier, Chair of the Joining Forces CEO Oversight Committee.
“When it comes to translating commitments into lasting change, we have fallen short and we must do better. This is a moral, legal and economic failure that the world can ill afford,” Ms Gardinier continued.
Each year, over five million children die from preventable causes, and nearly half of these deaths are attributable to undernutrition, the report finds. Discrimination and social exclusion are other key factors why children countinue to suffer.
The Joining Forces Alliance calls on governments to implement legislation, policies, budgets, and programmes that are inclusive of all children; to promote the rights of all marginalised children and champion gender equality, and to support children’s participation and uphold their rights to freedom of expression and opinion.
‘Joining Forces’ is a collaboration between the six leading NGOs working with and for children under the age of 18 (ChildFund Alliance, Plan International, Save the Children International, SOS Children’s Villages International, Terre des Hommes International Federation, and World Vision International). Joining Forces currently focuses on two work streams: Child Rights Now! of which this report is a part, and Ending Violence Against Children.
To read the report and find out more about ‘Joining Forces’, go to: https://child-rights-now.org/