The Government of Indonesia and UNICEF have released the first findings of an analysis of the nation’s likelihood of achieving the sustainable development goals for children. These identify that investment in social protection will be “critical” to successfully tackling child poverty.
Indonesia’s Minister of National Development Planning Bambang Brodjonegoro and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore unveiled the report focusing on child poverty, malnutrition, mortality, education, child marriage and birth registration. They were at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York, where the minister took the opportunity to underline his determination to “leave no child behind”.
He commented at the side event: “When children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled, ultimately, our societies stand to benefit from improved security, sustainability and human progress.”
The findings point to the “solid progress” Indonesia has made in reducing poverty while underlining that children still experience higher levels of poverty than adults, and child poverty may increase if growth slows. The document stresses, therefore, that Government moves to increase social protection coverage will be “critical” to ensuring that children benefit from economic development.
Henrietta Fore, also speaking at the event, which the agency co-hosted with Indonesia, Ghana, Vietnam, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and child-focused agencies: “I applaud Indonesia for its child-focus in reporting on the SDGs through dedicated efforts to generate disaggregated data on children. Its new report follows an exemplary SDG baseline report on children launched here two years ago.”
The full report on the progress towards meeting the full range of SDG targets and indicators related to children, authored by Development Pathways’ Senior Social Policy Specialist Bjorn Gelders, and Senior Associate Tareq Abuelhaj, will be released in the autumn.