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Open Editorial on the Millennium Development Goals 10 years on

This week in New York, the voices of children will demand that world leaders go beyond rhetoric and focus on the steps necessary to halt the 8 million preventable deaths of the world’s poorest children that occur every year. As we approach the 10th anniversary of the UN Millennium Summit—a watershed moment when 189 countries pledged to achieve—eight specific development goals by 2015, the Global Movement for Children (GMC) will be reflecting upon progress made and the challenges that lie ahead. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) represent not only a compelling political commitment to humanity, but form the very foundation of a healthy, sustainable and fair future for all—and ...

The GMC presents report on Children on the Move, a highly invisible group

Barcelona, September 15th, 2010. The Global Movement for Children (GMC) and Save the Children have launched “Leaving Home”, a report on the causes, risks and consequences of migration for children. With the support of the Catalan Government, the report collects the experiences of children who are or have been on the move, an often unseen group within the global migration phenomenon. The report denounces the invisibility of children within international debates and immigration policies on the issue as well as the lack of adequate policies to address their specific needs. It voices the experiences of children who, willingly or unwillingly, have left their homes and it analyses the wide ar...

Surveys in eight countries on child mortality completed

7th  August 2010, Barcelona - Eight surveys commissioned in early 2009 by the GMC have been recently completed. The surveys focused on examining middles classes and influencers’ attitudes toward the issue of child mortality. After several months of intense interviewing, a substantial portion of material has been collected for analysis. Findings will serve as the foundations for communications effort within the framework of the GMC child survival campaign expected to kick off in the run – up to the September MGDs Summit in New York. Since early 2009, TNS Gallup staff members conducted 8000 interviews in eight countries: India, Cambodia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Mali, Kenya, Nigeria and Bol...

The GMC joins End Water Poverty Campaign

July 2nd, 2010, Barcelona - The Global Movement for Children has joined the End Water Poverty Campaign this week to help strengthen the global coalition working to improve access to clean water and basic sanitation in the most empoverished parts of the world. Sadly, children suffer heavily from this crisis. Out of the 21.000 children dying every day in the world from preventable causes, 4000 perish from preventable water related diseases, making it one of the biggest killers of young children. In total, a staggering 2.6 billion people live without a safe toilet and 884 million people lack access to clean water. These problems combine to make a massive crisis for developing countries ...

GMC observes Day of the Refugee

Barcelona, 20th June 2010 - Together with more than 17 millions of refugee children  in the world and refugees organisations, the Global Movement for Children observes on June 20th the Day of the Refugee to raise awareness on the challenges faced by this population of concern. They include children who are refugees, asylum seekers and stateless as well as returnee and internally displaced children assisted and protected by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).In 2009, some 45 per cent of persons of concern to UNHCR were children under the age of 18, 11 per cent of whom were under the age of five .Among refugees and people in refugee-like situations, children constit...

GMC observes Day of the African Child

Barcelona, June 16th, 2010 - Alongside millions of African children and child rights organisations across the world, the Global Movement for Children observes on June 16th the Day of the African Child to reflect and raise awareness on the road ahead to reach health, education, equality and protection for all of the continent’s children. June 16th marks the tragic anniversary when in 1976 in Soweto, South Africa, thousands of black children marched in protest for the poor quality of their education and for their right to be taught in their own language. In response, hundreds of them were shot down and in the two following weeks of protest, more than a hundred people were killed and anothe...
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