Children’s Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals

Apr 28, 2021

Children’s Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals

Children’s rights are part of a social commitment that involves all sustainable development stakeholders. Both the State, civil society, the community and the private sector have responsibilities with children and adolescents to provide safe and protective environments that allow them to develop fully.

Monitoring the rights of children has become a key task to advance towards the 2030 Agenda and measure the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals. 


Context and Objective

“Identifying the state of children’s rights through a diagnosis is the first step to knowing the social conditions they face and the possible interventions that different actors could have over time,” said Fredy Rodríguez, Data Coordinator for sustainable development of Cepei, during the virtual event organized by Infancia Latina.

Rodríguez also emphasized on “the importance of having a detailed panorama not only of the aspects of social life that must be improved in childhood, such as the deficit of access to health, education or housing, but also the good practices that have worked in certain dimensions and that must be replicated ”.


Children’s rights are transversal to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is how we are able to understand issues like child poverty (SDG 1), food security (SDG 2), health care (SDG 3), education (SDG 4), gender (SDG 5) or child labor (SDG 8), among others. It is essential to connect the SDGs with the reality of the children and have disaggregated information.


What are the challenges to comply with the rights of girls and boys?


Access to information 


Data quality (periodicity, sample and completeness of the information)


Disaggregated information; age ranges


Effective reporting of cases


Improving the processes for collecting and capturing information, especially in geographic areas where information gaps have traditionally existed


Designing a battery of indicators that allow continuous monitoring of programs focused and prioritized in the protection of the rights of children. The traceability process helps to evaluate actions and correct possible mistakes

The rights of children and adolescents are transversal to sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals

Fredy Rodríguez, Data Coordinator, Cepei


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