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All Children Count, But Not All Children Are Counted

Join us in supporting All Children Count by posting a tweet, urging the UN General Assembly to take action for all children to be counted.


“We call on world leaders at #UNGA to help children outside of families by ensuring #AllChildrenCount in the #SDGs”


The Sustainable Development Goals, the goals that were unanimously agreed by world leaders, setting the international development agenda for the coming 15 years, have made a strong commitment to leave no one behind. Yet, millions of vulnerable children are at risk of being left far behind, as they are forgotten in systems that count progress around the SDGs.

The United Nations currently has no systems in place to count some of the world’s most vulnerable children in their statistical mapping. Those without parental care, living outside of households in institutions or on the streets are often not included in data collecting exercises, leading to an inaccurate depiction of the scale of this issue. This means many children are invisible and won’t have access to the care and support they desperately need.

Children living without at least one parent, kin or other committed adult permanently engaged in their lifelong wellbeing are more likely than their peers to experience abuse, neglect, exploitation, lack of stimulation, poor nutrition, and toxic stress, all of which have profoundly negative effects on the child’s development and undermine efforts by countries to create pathways towards economic and social growth.

Despite their increased risk of adversity, children outside of family care are not covered by current mainstream data collection processes, because global data collection measures typically rely on household-based surveys such as the Demographic and Health Survey (USAID) and the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (UNICEF). While innovative approaches to identifying and characterizing this invisible population have begun to emerge, these efforts remain outside current post- SDG data discussions.

If the Post-2015 agenda is to leave no child behind, it is essential that the global monitoring framework and existing data collection processes include methodologies to ensure children living outside of households are counted and that truly representative and disaggregated data are used to inform targeted, appropriate, and accessible interventions.  Unless this gap is addressed, tens of millions of the world’s most vulnerable children will be left without the help the SDGs promise.

On March 7-10th of 2017, the UN High Level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics will meet in New York to discuss implementation of the SDGs statistical and monitoring process.  Use your voice to ensure that they are aware of the importance of ensuring all children are counted.

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