National Academy of Medicine

A New Global Development Goal for the World’s Youngest Children

By J. Lawrence Aber, Joan Lombardi, Sarah Klaus, Karen Campion
May 31, 2013 | Commentary

For the global development community, 2015 is a pivotal year. Under United Nations leadership, multilateral organizations, national governments, international and national nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, and other civil society sectors are working to optimize progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline. Simultaneously, the development community is in the midst of a global dialogue about what types of goals should succeed the MDGs post- 2015. A growing segment of the global early childhood community is proposing a new goal for the post-2015 agenda:

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