Building the future: children and the sustainable development goals in rich countries

Innocenti Report Card 14
Children Economic development Economic indicators Education Health Poverty
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Issued by the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, Building the Future: Children and the Sustainable Development Goals in Rich Countries is the first report to assess the status of children in 41 high-income countries of the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified as most important for child well-being. It ranks countries based on their performance and details the challenges and opportunities that advanced economies face in achieving global commitments to children.

When taking into account the results of all 41 EU/OECD countries involved in the research, 1 in 5 children in high-income countries lives in relative income poverty and an average of 1 in 8 faces food insecurity.

Based on the results presented in Report Card 14, UNICEF calls for the Australian Government to take action in five key areas:

  • Put children at the heart of equitable and sustainable progress – Improving the well-being of all children today is essential for achieving both equity and sustainability.
  • Leave no child behind – National averages often conceal extreme inequalities and the severe disadvantage of groups at the bottom of the scale.
  • Improve the collection of comparable data – in particular on violence against children, early childhood development, migration and gender.
  • Use the rankings to help tailor policy responses to national contexts – No country does well on all indicators of well-being for children and all countries face challenges in achieving at least some child-focused SDG targets.
  • Honour the commitment to global sustainable development – The overarching SDG framework engages all countries in a global endeavour.
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Publication place:
Florence, Italy