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On September 26, 2014, as part of the Columbia World Leaders Forum, the Earth Institute, the SDSN and the Global Child Forum, convened a high level meeting on “Children in the Age of Sustainable Development.” The meeting discussed mainstreaming and interlinking children’s rights into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework and highlighted the opportunities the post-2015 development agenda offers for securing child wellbeing. It focused on the role academia, governments, civil society, UN agencies, and the private sector play.

Among the speakers were HM Queen Silvia of Sweden, founder of the World Childhood Foundation and the co-initiator of the Global Child Forum (read the full speech here), Amina Mohammed, Assistant Secretary General of the UN, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, Georg Kell, Executive Director of UN Global Compact,  Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor of New York, Minister of Health of Rwanda, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, MDG Advocates of Secretary General Ban Ki moon,  Ambassador Dho Young-Shim and Christine (Stine) Bosse, Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI Alliance, Per Heggenes, CEO of IKEA Foundation, and Helena Thybell, head of H&M Conscious Foundation.

The SDSN was represented by Niclas Kjellstrom-Matseke, CEO of Postkod Lottery, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Prof. Hirokazu Yoshikawa, and Drs. Irwin Redlener and Joanna Rubinstein. A draft declaration was launched announcing a commitment to prioritize the needs of children across all goals, and to bring resources, programs and partners from multiple sectors to work together in delivering the promise of a better future for our children.

See UNESCO’s event report for speaker quotes.