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ChildFund at the UN: ‘Building Momentum’ for Children’s Rights
Jul 11, 2019

This week, ChildFund held an event at the United Nations to highlight it’s work around the world to protect children from violence.


Dublin, July 11th, 2019: Brian MacNeill 

In 2015, world governments reached an historic milestone in the fight against global inequality and poverty, signing up to the Sustainable Development Goals.  The 17 goals represent a road map toward a more equitable world for all its citizens, particularly its most marginalised, by 2030.   It is perhaps the most historic and ambitious project ever undertaken for global development, and it is very good news for children.

This agreement provides an inclusive mechanism for governments, organisations and interest groups to demonstrate progress that is being made towards implementing the goals, share best practice and give voice to those most impacted.  The most recent of these High Level Political Forums (HLPF) is currently taking place in New York.

On Wednesday, ChildFund was proud to host an important side event to demonstrate the effectiveness and scope of its Child-friendly Accountability initiative.  The gathering, which included UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, Dr. Najat Maalla M’jid, was moderated by Secretary General of ChildFund Alliance, Meg Gardinier.

ChildFund’s visionary initiative is designed to empower children across the world, to engage with governments and local authorities in order to ensure their communities can be free from violence.   The short video above provides a visual summary of how the initiative has positively affected participating children in El Salvador, Paraguay, South Korea and Uganda, through their personal testimonies.  A longer version of the video can be accessed on the ChildFund Alliance website  here

Click here to read the Building Momentum Report

ChildFund’s work supports children and their carers in some of the most deprived communities on earth.   Our work is informed by several of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly 16.2 – ‘End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children’. 




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