1 July 2021 – 28 February 2022
While children should be at the centre of the concept of sustainability that underlies the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed upon by all countries as the framework to guide development efforts, no country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their future.
A global collaboration between the WHO, UNICEF, The Lancet, and University College London (UCL) has brought together researchers, policy makers, advocates, political leaders and, most importantly, children to drive policy change. They have been using the evidence, assembling coalitions, and producing powerful advocacy for children’s current and future health and wellbeing, building on the recommendations of the WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission report published in February 2020. The UCL Secretariat of the ‘Children + SDGs 2030 Initiative’ supports and co-ordinates this global collaboration. Cross-sectoral activities have emphasised the building of lasting partnerships for children at global, regional, and country level – beginning in three to five countries.
The SOPH, in partnership with the Health Systems Unit at the South African Medical Research Council and Mark Tomlinson from the Department of Global Health at Stellenbosch University, will play a central role in promoting this agenda, notably leading work on community and multi-sectoral approaches to addressing alcohol as a determinant of children’s and adolescent’s health and wellbeing in South Africa.
The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK) (CIFF) via University College London