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Step 4: The Global Goals

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development are a constant theme running through the entire WCP program.

As with the Round the Globe Run for a Better World and You Me Equal Rights, the global goals come alive via the real-life accounts in The Globe and on the website. The WCP program focus in particular on three of the goals:

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Photo: Johan Bjerke/WCPF

Goal 5: Greater gender equality

• Girls and boys should be treated equally. • Girls and boys should be given the same opportunities. • Discrimination, child marriage and violence against girls must be stopped.

A girl in a bed inside a hut.
Photo: Jesper Klemedsson/WCPF

Goal 10: Reduce inequalities within and between countries

• All children have the right to information and to exert an influence regarding issues that affect them.
• All children who need it should have society’s support.
• All children who have been forced to flee their country should be treated correctly based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
• No child should be discriminated against.

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Photo: Jesper Klemedsson/WCPF

Goal 16: Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies.

• Violence against children and abuse and exploitation of children must be stopped.
• Children must not be subjected to any form of violence (according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child).
• Knowledge must increase among children, parents and authorities about violence against children and the ban on corporal punish­ment that applies in many countries.

Provide a foundation

Before you go into detail and link the accounts in The Globe with the Global Goals, it’s important to give your pupils some basic facts:

• The countries of the world have agreed on the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The aim is to achieve three import­ant things by the year 2030: end extreme poverty, fight injustice and inequality in the world and stop climate change.

• All 17 goals are important and are linked to one another, as well as to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. All goals are important in strengthening children’s rights.

• Each goal has a set of targets – 169 in total! Some of them relate specifically to children.

• The government of each country has primary responsibility for ensuring the country achieves the goals, but everyone in society needs to take responsibility and contribute to ensure the goals are met by 2030.

• The UN has stated that children must be educated about the goals and that they are key players in the work of achieving them.

• Alongside the adoption of the Global Goals, a financing plan and a political declaration were also drawn up, as well as a system to help the UN monitor achievement of the goals. All these together form what is known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Photo: Johan Bjerke/WCPF

No Litter Generation

The No Litter Generation initiative raises the issue of littering, its causes and consequences and potential solutions, including the climate crisis. This work can, of course, also be linked to several of the goals and the children’s reality.

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