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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form an international development agenda agreed by more than 190 United Nations member states. The seventeen goals came into force on 1 January 2016 and will shape global efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change for the next fifteen years.  

The SDGs apply equally to developed and developing nations. Governments are expected to work to establish national frameworks for the achievement of the seventeen goals. Although the SDG agenda is led at nation state level, all national and international stakeholders are expected to contribute towards its realisation - including NGOs.  

War Child contributes towards the SDGs through the development of our global programme framework. The three specific SDGs that are of particular importance to us as an organisation are:  

  • Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages  

  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning  

  • Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies  

We will continue to ensure that our work contributes to the larger goals for children as outlined in the SDGs. This will be made manifest through our programme interventions and our engagement with, and participation in, international networks established to uphold child rights at the international level.

We support children regardless of their religion, ethnicity, social background or gender.

© Rutger Brouwer

War Child also adheres to the Common Humanitarian Standards (CHS) - nine commitments that organisations involved in humanitarian responses can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide. Adherence to the SDGs and CHS informs our work across the entire spectrum of emergency, recovery and development responses.