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The Path to 2030: Achieving the SDGs for Children Living in Conflict

A resource showing the impact, progress and change needed in relation to each of the SDGs for children living in conflict, and mapping the path forward for achieving the goals.

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Mapping SDGs in relation to children affected by conflict.  


It is estimated that 420million children – almost 20% of the world’s population of children – still live in conflict zones, and as a result, suffer in so many different ways.

The challenge of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 is a clear challenge for the whole world. But for those living in conflict zones, the challenge is even greater. 
Why it matters

Identifying how to achieve the SDG’s is key to meeting the 2030 target date. In conflict areas the impact is greater – and the gap therefore wider – but the promise of the SDGs is that no one should be left behind.

For children in conflict, meeting the SDGs means a brighter and more peaceful future – a future full of hope; one that children in conflict truly deserve.

This resource has been developed to help us act strategically and achieve this future, for these children.
What it covers For this study, we have researched and analysed each SDG within the context of children living in conflict. We look at where we are now, give examples of the progress that has been made to date and consider what must happen next if these goals are going to be achieved.
Useful for This resource has been developed for leaders, researchers, students and practitioners working to advance the SDGs and children’s wellbeing, especially those in conflict affected areas.
Developed by

Amanda Meyer, Jenni Argent, David Mooney and Elizabeth Smith for the Global Health Academy, Children in Conflict Group at the University of Edinburgh

Suggested citation Meyer, A., Argent, J., Mooney, D. and Smith, E. (2021) 'The Path to 2030: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for Children Living in Conflict'. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh (Global Health Academy).
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