In 1990, a promise was made to the world’s children.
On 29-30 September nearly 25 years ago, the World Summit adopted a Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children.
This didn’t happen by accident. In the summit’s lead up RESULTS founder Sam Daley-Harris coordinated 2600 global candlelight vigils with over 1 million attendees to urge world leaders to take urgent action at a time when 40,000 children were dying daily from poverty-related causes.
Here and now in 2015, we have come a long way. Since 2000, the number of people living in extreme poverty has halved, and the number of children dying daily from poverty-related causes has dropped to 16,000.
We still have a long way to go. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals aim to finish what we started by 2030. As we commit to these goals now, we find ourselves in a pivotal moment.
But pivotal moments are called ‘pivotal’ for a reason – they can go either way.
It is vital that all countries, including Australia, whole-heartedly support the global effort to consign poverty to the history books and build a better world for everyone.