• The Virtual Children’s Assembly as part of the Global People’s Assembly convened over 50 children from 12 countries to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Participants highlighted challenges and proposed solutions across themes such as freedom, peace, security, poverty, inequality, climate action, health, green economy, and energy.
  • Their recommendations underscored the urgency of collective action, inclusive policies, and investments in education, healthcare, and environmental sustainability to achieve the SDGs.

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A virtual children’s assembly was organised on September 17  2023 as part of the Global People’s Assembly, bringing together over 50 children from 12 nations worldwide. The children’s assembly was organised by GCAP’s partner organisation, Save the Children. The event, held at 9:00 EDT, served as a platform for young minds to voice their opinions on how global leaders can drive the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Children’s Assembly amplified the voices of young advocates inspiring collective action towards a more equitable and sustainable future.

Representing countries such as Albania, Bangladesh, Colombia, El Salvador, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Palestine, Peru, the Philippines, Somalia, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe, these children engaged in a constructive dialogue, sharing insights and crafting compelling messages to influence policy and action.

The assembly commenced with participants shedding light on SDGs most pertinent to their respective regions. From there, discussions revolved around critical questions, probing into the challenges faced within communities and nations, and proposing tangible solutions to propel progress towards the SDGs.

Freedom, Peace and Security:

Children from conflict-ridden regions like Colombia and Palestine emphasized the pressing need for peace and justice. In Colombia, armed conflicts continue to jeopardize the safety and well-being of children and communities. Palestinian children echoed similar sentiments, urging an end to the violence. They called upon world leaders to intervene, halt the cycle of violence, and facilitate the path to peace and freedom.

Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment:

Zimbabwean participants highlighted the multifaceted challenges hindering SDG achievement in their country, including poverty, food insecurity, and environmental degradation. They emphasized the importance of inclusive policies, access to education, and economic opportunities to address inequality and alleviate poverty. Children from various nations underscored the need for collaborative efforts to combat child labour, enhance social protection and foster economic growth.

Climate Action:

With climate change emerging as a global threat, participants advocated for urgent action to mitigate its impacts. Zimbabwe, Somalia, and other nations shared firsthand experiences of climate-related challenges, such as extreme weather events and environmental degradation. Children stressed the importance of renewable energy, sustainable practices, and international cooperation to combat climate change and secure a sustainable future for all.

Health, Reproductive Rights, Green Economy and Energy:

Children highlighted the interconnectedness of health, environmental sustainability, and economic development. They urged investments in green technologies, promotion of renewable energy, and equitable access to healthcare and education. Emphasizing the significance of mental health services, they called upon leaders to prioritize holistic well-being in policymaking.

Across Varied Themes:

Participants reflected on the interconnected nature of the SDGs, emphasizing the need for holistic approaches to address social, economic and environmental challenges. They urged world leaders to align policies and actions with the SDGs, promote gender equality and uphold human rights.

As these children continue to champion change, their messages resonate as a powerful call to action for leaders worldwide.