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The Global Goals and Child Rights

The Global Goals are linked to the rights of the child. If the goals are achieved, then the situation for children around the world will improve.

If they are not achieved, it will mean that children will continue to be treated badly and that children’s rights will not be respected. That must not happen!

Below are some examples of how the Global Goals are linked to the rights of the child.

Goal 1. No Poverty

No child should have to grow up in poverty. And no child should be treated differently or not be allowed the same opportunities as other children because of how much money they or their family have.

Goal 2. Zero Hunger

No child should have to go hungry or be undernourished. All children should have access to nutritious and safe food.

Goal 3. Good Health and Well-being

All children should have the chance to be well and have good health care and medical treatment. All children should be vaccinated. Infectious diseases and abuse of alcohol/drugs must be reduced, as well as road accidents.

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Goal 4. Quality Education

All children should have an education and all children should have the opportunity to learn to read and write. Primary and secondary schooling should be free. No child should be discriminated against in school.

Goal 5. Gender Equality

Girls and boys should have equal rights and opportunities in all respects. Child marriage and violence against girls, such as FGM and sexual violence, must be stopped.

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Goal 6. Clean Water and Sanitation

All children should have clean water, toilets and be able to look after their hygiene, particularly at school.

Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy

All children should have access to safe and sustainable energy that makes their lives easier, without ruining the environment.

Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

No child should be subjected to child labour or people trafficking. Youth unemployment must be reduced. Parents should have good working conditions so that they have the time and energy to look after their children.

Goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Industries, roads, etc. should not be dangerous for children. All children should have access to information and communication technology.

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Goal 10. Reduced Inequalities

All children should have equal opportunities regardless of background, gender, belief, sexual identity or orientation, because they are differently abled or because they have been forced to leave their home.

Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

All children should have decent housing close to play areas and good public transport links to school. Big cities should be built in an environmentally sustainable way while preserving culture and traditions.

Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Children should be taught how to live in an environmentally sustainable way, e.g. about sustainable consumption, recycling and reusing.

Goal 13. Climate Action

Children should learn how to combat climate change, and be able to demand that adults, e.g. decision-makers, do the same.

Goal 14. Life Below Water

Children should learn how littering, overfishing and emissions can affect seas, lakes, rivers and everything that lives there.

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Goal 15. Life on Land

Children should know how to protect forest and land, mountains, animals and plants, and why no-one should waste nature’s resources.

Goal 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

No child should be subjected to violence, assault or exploitation, but should be able to grow up in peaceful, just communities.

Goal 17. Partnerships for the Goals

Countries must work together more, support and learn from one another in order to create a better world for all people.


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