NGOs call on UN to Count Vulnerable Children in SDGs Process

Over 175 children’s and disabilities rights organisations and academics from across the world have intensified their demands on the UN to ensure that all children are counted as part of its global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

HDF is a signatory to an open letter to UN statistical bodies, which argues that it is vital to ensure that the framework for monitoring the implementation of the SDGs captures “children living outside of households and/or without parental care”.  The open letter can be viewed here.

This diverse group of civil society organisations believe some of the world’s most vulnerable children, those without parental care or at risk of being so, have “fallen off the statistical map” and will be left behind by the SDGs. If the data gap is not filled, children will continue to be left behind. Along with HDF, the other members of the Elevate Children Funders Group are also signatories.

The SDGs, which were adopted by the United Nations last September, will guide spending of billions of dollars in international assistance over the next 15 years.

The goals have been set, with an accompanying global monitoring framework to measure progress and success. The SDG Global Indicator Framework was agreed by the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) at its 47th session in New York on 11 March. However, there is yet to be seen a concrete change to the system and methodologies that will ensure that the SDGs will benefit all children.

Following the UNSC negotiations, a new United Nations Working Group on Disaggregated Data is due to be established. HDF is supportive of this initiative and calls on the group to develop ‘Care Status’ as a disaggregated data category to ensure that children outside of household or family care will be counted in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.