sustainable development goals
Investing in children, as actors who can bring about change, is a healthy way of designing the future. By 2030 we will all be held accountable by the promises made. Development that does not focus on the specific situation of children and their rights and how they are affected by development programs, has no eye for the future of societies and countries and can therefore never be sustainable nor effective.
political and ethical
More than a third of the population in developing nations are children. Development that doesn't pay attention to children's rights ignores 30% of the population.
Children and young people are the main victims of poverty in the world. More than half a billion children have to survive on less than one euro per day. Poverty has serious consequences for children. The hardships cause irreparable damage to the cognitive and physical development of infants and young children. Besides the fact that children are most affected by poverty, they are the key link in the transmission of poverty, so that future generations find themselves in a vicious circle.
An important basis for a children's rights approach in development is the CRC. Not only is it not possible to realize the SDG without extra attention to children and their rights.
Under the CRC, states are also required to realize children's rights. Almost all countries have ratified the treaty in the world, only the United States did not (yet). This quasi-universal ratification ensures that the CRC is binding worldwide and reinforces the joint commitment to solidarity. The CRC also calls explicitly for international cooperation.