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Sustainable Development Goals and the EU

Working with the European Union to ensure the Sustainable Development Goals enable all children to reach their full potential.

2015 is a milestone year, with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September. These goals will guide the international community’s work for the next 15 years, and must galvanise global efforts to ensure children everywhere can reach their full potential.

Extraordinary progress has been made in the past 15 years in reducing extreme poverty, improving child wellbeing and promoting gender equality, but significant gaps remain and the poorest and most marginalised have often missed out.

The SDGs must ensure that no one is left behind.

Children and youth are positive and active agents of change for sustainable development within their families, communities, countries, and the world, and their voices and views must shape the implementation, monitoring and accountability of the SDG framework. 

Our calls to the EU

  • Given the universality of the post-2015 framework, the EU and EU Member States must commit to work on all Goal areas and must not cherry-pick between Goals or targets when it comes to implementation; 
  • EU action to implement the SDGs must focus on reaching the most marginalised populations, including children and youth, in line with the commitment to leave no one behind; 
  • Ensure that the targets and indicators included in the EU Plan of Action on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment 2016-2020 reflect those in the SDGs; 
  • The EU should put in place robust, independent accountability mechansims at local, national and regional levels, with local level mechanisms of particular importance for individuals to be able to feed in to the process. These monitoring, review and accountability processes must ensure young people are able to play a central role in holding governments to account for their commitments.