Where Next? Ending Violence Against Children

As the 2030 Agenda enters its third year, those working to end violence against children must redouble their efforts to make significant progress towards SDG16.2, improving the lives of children worldwide.

This challenge paper by David Steven – the first in a series exploring next steps in implementation of the 2030 Agenda’s commitment to peace, justice and inclusion – is an update to If Not Now, When? Ending Violence Against all the World’s Children which recommended the formation of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

Published ahead of the Solutions Summit in Stockholm, it:

  • Summarizes the development of the Sustainable Development Goal targets on ending violence against children.
  • Describes how the SDG targets have been successful in strengthening a growing movement that aims to end violence against children, but argues that prevention has not yet become a frontline priority for governments.
  • Reviews the formation and activities of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, and the impact of the INSPIRE strategies for ending violence against children.
  • Looks at which “pathfinder” countries have taken national leadership in this area.

The paper concludes with nine recommendations:

  1. Tell a positive story – using the INSPIRE strategies to shift the debate from problems to solutions.
  2. Look outwards – making the case that protecting children is central to prevention and to building peaceful, just and inclusive societies.
  3. Aim higher – working with political champions to drive violence against children up the policy agenda at a time of changing leadership in the international system.
  4. (Re)-commit to INSPIRE – investing in implementing the globally agreed strategies for ending violence against children at national and local levels.
  5. Nurture the pathfinders – supporting the leadership of countries such as Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Tanzania as they prioritize the implementation of SDG16.2.
  6. Break down silos – building links with the movement to end violence against women, and developing a shared approach with Alliance 8.7 as it works to end modern slavery and child labor.
  7. Engage other sectors – recognizing that justice, education, health, social protection and other sectors hold tools that are critical to successful violence prevention.
  8. Strengthen the campaign – building a global, national, and local movement to protect children from violence.
  9. Drive towards 2019, and beyond – bringing national progress and ambitious commitments to the High-level Political Forum in 2019.

Download the full paper Where Next? Ending Violence Against Children

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Jan 15, 2018
David Steven
2030 Agenda