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Building the Future

Children and the Sustainable Development Goals in Rich Countries

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by the international community in 2015 represent an ambitious effort to set a global agenda for development that is both equitable and sustainable, in social, economic and environmental terms. The earlier Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) prioritized the reduction of poverty, as well as progress in related social indicators. The 17 goals of the SDGs add to this a series of outcomes associated with inequality, economic development, the environment and climate change, as well as peace and security. In contrast to the MDGs, which primarily applied to low- and middle-income countries, the ambitious agenda of the SDGs is of necessity universal; it thus applies to rich countries, as well as poor.

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Building the future: Conclusion

All the world’s countries came together in 2015 to draw up a roadmap to the more equitable, inclusive and healthy world they aspired to reach by 2030. This Report Card delivers a child-centred assessment of where high-income nations stand at the start of this journey towards sustainable development. It compares the performance of 41 OECD and EU countries on 25 indicators, focusing on the goals and targets most relevant to children in high-income countries and adapting the global indicators according to the availability of cross-country data.

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