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Placing children and adolescents at the centre of the Sustainable Development Goals will deliver for current and future generations

Journal article
Authors T. Alfven
J. Dahlstrand
David Humphreys
D. Hellden
Sofia Hammarstrand
A. C. Hollander
M. Malqvist
S. Nejat
P. S. Jorgensen
Peter Friberg
G. Tomson
Published in Global health action
Volume 12
Issue 1
ISSN 1654-9880
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Section of Occupational and environmental medicine
Institute of Medicine
Language en
Keywords Child health, children, Sustainable Development Goals, multisectoral, health equity, life-course approach, Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Subject categories Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology


Child health is taking the back seat in development strategies. In summarising a newly released collaborative report, this paper calls for a novel conceptual model where child health takes centre stage in relation to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. It lays out five principles by which renewed effort and focus would yield the most benefit for children and adolescents. These include: re-defining global child health in the post-2015 era by placing children and adolescents at the centre of the Sustainable Development Goals; striving for equity; realising the rights of the child to thrive throughout the life-course; facilitating evidence informed policy-making and implementation; and capitalising on interlinkages within the SDGs to galvanise multisectoral action. These five principles offer models that together have the potential of improving design, return and quality of global child health programs while re-energising the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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