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Sustainable development goals

EU believes that children are central to development and are great drivers for change in society

Today children are confronted with many challenges and violations of their rights. They are the
first victims of economic crises, inequalities in development, discrimination, natural disasters,
migration and armed conflicts. Recognising that children, as rights-holders, must be protected
from all forms of violence that affect them, the EU is fully committed to the comprehensive
protection and promotion of the rights of the child.
Children have a central place in EU policies and programmes, both inside and outside the EU.
Tackling poverty, protecting children from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, ensuring
their overall wellbeing and access to quality basic services such as health, education, water and
sanitation, are among our priorities worldwide. As recognized by the Agenda 2030 for
Sustainable Development, the EU believes that children are central to development and are
great drivers for change in society. The EU therefore fully supports explicit references to
children and welcomes target 16.2 as a catalyst to renew efforts to end all forms of violence
against children.

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