Children without family care experience deficits in physical growth, cognitive function, neurodevelopment and social-psychological health. These children are the most vulnerable but many of them are outside of households, living in orphanages, trafficked or on the streets. They are invisible. Because they are not in a household, they are not being counted and do not have equal right when it comes to the Sustainable Development Goals promised.
In March 2016, the UN Statistical Commission members acknowledged the issue, yet they have not made any concrete commitments to fix the problem.
The SDGs represent a real opportunity for people to “fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment”. The tragedy is that the most vulnerable group will miss out on this because they are invisible.
To move forward and build upon the High-level Group for Partnership’s monitoring for the post-2015 global development agenda, we want to make sure all children are counted. The UN General Assembly is meeting this month and this issue must be on their agenda to bring about change.
Global Citizens, together we can ensure all children have equal right to the SDGs. Join us in supporting All Children Count by posting a tweet, urging the UN General Assembly to take action for all children to be counted.