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All Children Count, But Not All Are Counted

Children belong in families,
not orphanages

Call on World Leaders to Count All Children

In 2015, world leaders agreed that the new development agenda would “leave no one behind”. Yet as it stands, the new Sustainable Development Goals will leave children living without parents and outside families, in institutions or orphanages, very far behind.

A world where every child can live in a safe and caring family setting is possible. With your help, we can change the life stories of eight million children around the world who are living in institutional care. Raise your voice to help us ensure all children are counted. Thank you.

In 2015, countries around the world adopted the new development agenda, Transforming our World: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), include strong targets to reduce violence against children, improve health and nutrition, access to education, and many other aspects in life that are important in a child’s development.

World leaders agreed that the new development agenda would “leave no one behind”. Yet, as it stands, the new Goals will leave children living without parents and outside families, in institutions or orphanages, very far behind.

This is because the methods that are used to count children only count those who live in a family, but do not count children who live without parents or outside a household. This means that the estimated 8 million children that live in institutions or orphanages will be left behind by the Sustainable Development Goals.

Therefore, we have joined a large group of organisations in calling on world leaders and the United Nations to change this. We have written a joint open letter, which so far has been signed by more than 250 organisations, NGOs, and academics, calling on world leaders to:

  • Ensure that children living outside of households and/or without parental care are counted;
  • Improve methodologies to ensure that no children will be left behind.

Use your voice to ensure our calls are heard


Tweet:

I call on world leaders to #countallchildren, incl those living outside of households. #leavenoonebehind #SDGs

Want to find out more?

  • Find out what the terms and phrases used in the SDGs mean in our glossary of terms.
  • Read real-life stories of what it means to be left behind. You can find some case studies here.

All Children Count But Not All Are Counted: World Map


We have created a map of all of the organisations who have joined us to call for change. See below and search for organisations from around the world.

Click the icon in the left bottom corner to expand the map to full screen.