Queen Rania joins UNICEF event on child rights at UNGA

Queen Rania
(Photo: Her Majesty’s office)
AMMAN — On Sunday, Her Majesty Queen Rania attended UNICEF’s Champions for Children event, titled “Child Rights at the Heart of the SDGs,” held in New York. This gathering coincided with 78th United National General Assembly (UNGA), according to Her Majesty’s office statement. اضافة اعلان

Hosted by UNICEF’S Executive Director Catherine Russell and featuring the First Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, as a keynote speaker, the conference is aimed to emphasize the central role of children in the pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

According to the report titled "Progress on Children's Well-Being: Centering Child Rights in the 2030 Agenda," two-thirds of child-related indicators are not on track to meet their 2030 SDGs targets. The report also warns that presently, only 6% of the world's child population residing in just 11 countries has achieved 50% of child-related targets. If this trend persists, it is anticipated that only 60 countries, home to just 25% of the world's children, will meet their targets by 2030, leaving approximately 1.9 billion children in 140 countries behind.

The analysis synthesizes more than 20 years of data from over 190 countries, comparing their current status with their projected goals for the next seven years. It identifies the challenges and opportunities for expediting progress, revealing a mixed picture of advancements and regressions concerning global goals.

The report also highlights that accelerated development is attainable with firm national commitments, effective policies, and sufficient financing. It showcases that certain low and lower-middle-income countries are making the most rapid progress.

The event, attended by youth advocates, UNICEF Good will Ambassadors, and various high-profile guests, featured segments focusing on championing children in vital areas such as healthcare, education, climate action, and peace-building efforts.

Notable speakers at the event included Queen Mathilde of Belgium and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, actor Orlando Bloom.

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