Child poverty is a universal problem with devastating impacts on children and societies. For the is goal (Sustainable Development Goal 1)to end extreme poverty, including for children, and halve the poverty of children by national definitions.
With the global agreement on the SDGs including children in the targets and indicators, there is a now a global mandate for reporting on child poverty and ending extreme child poverty and halving poverty of children by national definitions by 2030. This requires member states to report on progress on reducing poverty of and creates an opportunity for stakeholders engaged in the fight against child poverty to engage in national processes to achieve this goal.
7 reasons why child poverty matters
- Because it matters to children and is a violation of their rights.
- Because child poverty has devastating effects that last a lifetime.
- Because almost everywhere, children are more likely to live in poverty than adults.
- Because ending child poverty is crucial in breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty and addressing poverty overall.
- Because failure to end child poverty is one of the most costly mistakes that society can make.
- Because despite the urgency child poverty has received too little attention.
- Because child poverty is a problem with proven solutions.