Put early childhood development at the heart of the new post-2015 development framework to give all children the best start in life

Put early childhood development at the heart of the new post-2015 development framework to give all children the best start in life

    1. Tessa Jowell
    2. Petition by

      Tessa Jowell

      London, United Kingdom

We know that you make the biggest difference in a child’s life by investing at the earliest years – from conception through the first five years. The evidence from programmes like Sure Start in the UK, supported by what we now know about the neurological development of young children, prove the long term social and economic benefits of this policy. I believe we have an opportunity to extend those benefits to some of the poorest children in the world.

Last July I travelled to Malawi with Ivan Lewis MP, the UK’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, to learn both how early childhood programmes can be delivered effectively in countries that lack the resources we have in developed countries, and how they can benefit some most disadvantaged and marginalised children in the world. This visit reinforced my conviction in the principles that an integrated approach to early childhood development would bring practical benefits to the poorest children and their families in all countries.

We are working in the UK through an All Party Parliamentary Group set up by Andrea Leadsom MP and a group of MPs of all political persuasions to champion an integrated approach to early childhood development. If the new post-2015 development framework is truly to be a new global covenant developed in partnership with developing, development and middle income countries, we need to prove that we are doing all we can at home to tackle inequality, poverty and lack of opportunity.

But now we need your support - we need to build alliances with G8 countries and other developing countries to ensure that early childhood development is not just a side issue – it should be right at heart of civil society, our fight for social justice and economic development. We cannot afford to squander the talents of so many of the world's people.

Help us build support by sharing this petition with your friends and networks who believe children should be at the heart of our future development strategy. If this approach is right for our children, surely it is right for some of the poorest children in the world. That is why I believe this policy should be at the heart of the new post-2015 framework.

Put early childhood development at the heart of the new post-2015 development framework with targets that promise all children care, support and services which work together for the best start in life

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Recent signatures


    1. We did it!

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friend,

      We did it!

      In June we presented this petition to Amina Mohammed, Ban Ki-Moon’s Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning. Ms Mohammed applauded our efforts and signalled her strong support for investment in early childhood.

      To read more about the meeting and the official side event hosted on the same day by the Permanent Missions to the UN of Colombia, Ecuador and Italy, please visit the petition page and read my blog for Nursery World.


      At the final count we surpassed our goal and reached over 12,000 signatures from 170 countries.

      With your help we have taken an invaluable step on the journey to making a real difference in the lives of millions of children around the world.

      Yours Sincerely

      Tessa Jowell

      A vision for post-2015

      On Monday 16 June I met with Amina Mohammed, special advisor to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on post-2015 development planning, to present to her the global petition calling on the UN to ensure that a commitment to early childhood development is enshrined in the new global development framework after 2015.

    2. Great News for ECD - OWG Zero Draft Revision 1 out now

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday the co-chairs of the Open Working Group published their first revision of the Sustainable Development Goals Zero Draft.

      There was some great news from the ECD community, Target 4.1 reads:
      "by 2030 provide all children access to quality early childhood care and pre-primary education."

      This is an improvement from the previous draft in which Target 4.3 called to increase the proportion of children who have access to pre-primary and other early childhood development programmes, but more work still needs to be done to ensure that child development is reflected in a holistic way across the framework.

      See the draft paper here: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/4044zerodraft.pdf

    3. Add your voice to the Guardian Development poll

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      An interesting development post- the Early Childhood Development UN event - The Guardian Development Professionals Network has posted a poll in which they ask:

      Is added political pressure needed for early years development?

      Add your voice here and take the poll: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/poll/2014/jun/19/tessa-jowell-early-years-development-goals

      Poll: Is added political pressure needed for early years development?

      Former Labour cabinet minister, Tessa Jowell, called at the start of the week for world leaders to place early years development for children at the centre of the next international development goals. One of the architects of the Sure Start system of early years provision in Britain, the politician presented a petition to the United Nations calling for it to do more to prevent child deaths and stunting.

    4. UN Event: A Resounding Success!

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      Last Monday 16th June, the Permanent Missions of Colombia, Ecuador and Italy hosted an event at the UN entitled "Early Childhood Development: The Foundation for Sustainable Human Development for 2015 and Beyond". The event was sponsored by the Consultative Group for Early Childhood Care and Development, Open Society Foundations, SOS Children's Villages and CINDE.

      You can watch the full event here: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/index.php/watch/the-foundation-for-sustainable-human-development-for-2015-and-beyond/3627221794001

      And the follow up Press Conference here: http://webtv.un.org/media/index.php/watch/early-childhood-development-the-foundation-for-sustainable-human-development-for-2015-and-beyond-press-conference/3625618878001

      I also wrote an opinion piece for the Huffington Post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/tessa-jowell/child-development_b_5499505.html

      The Foundation for Sustainable Human Development for 2015 and Beyond

      Co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Columbia, Ecuador and Italy, and by the Consultative Group on Early Chilhood Care and Development, Open Society Foundations, CINDE, SOS Children's Villages International.

    5. ECD in the UN OWG Zero Draft

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      The UN Open Working Group has published a zero draft of its proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) goals and targets ahead of its next meeting on 16th-20th June.

      A specific reference to access to Early Childhood Development programmes has been included under Target 4.3. You can find the document here: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/4044140602workingdocument.pdf

    6. LATEST VERSION: UN Appeal Document

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      Please download the latest version of the UN Appeal document produced by the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network which was presented at a side event during the 11th Session of the UN's Open Working Group.

      This document has now been endorsed by ADEA, Aga Khan Foundation, Conrad N Hilton Foundation, UBS Optimus Foundation, International Pediatric Association, Terra dos Homens, WALD, UCLG, Grand Challenges Canada and many more...

      Download it here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/75mplvohuoedr46/ECDandSHD%20060614.pdf

    7. Reached 10,000 signatures
    8. NEW Campaign Tool: Appeal to the UN Member States

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      Together the Consultative Group, OSF, UNICEF and UN SDSN have produced a document entitled: "Early Childhood Development: The Foundation of Sustainable Human Development for 2015 Beyond."

      The document is intended to help policy and decision-makers understand the importance of early childhood development to global development and raise it in Post-2015 deliberations. It is also a useful tool for campaigning in your home countries as well as at the UN.

      You can download and use the document here: http://unsdsn.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/ECDandSHDv5-050314-2.pdf

    9. Two New Post-2015 Framework Proposals

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      SOS Children's Villages and Save the Children have both recently released reports on their vision for the post-2015 development framework.

      SOS's report proposes a set of targets and indicators for the framework that ensure that the right of all children and young people to quality care and protection stays at the core of the post-2015 agenda. You can find the paper here: http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/getmedia/7128b6d6-70fb-488c-bb12-6ddf1fb09ef4/Post2015_TargetsProposal.pdf

      Save's "Framework for the Future" is an updated version of their framework with the overarching aim of ending poverty in our generation. Download the report here: http://www.savethechildren.org/atf/cf/{9def2ebe-10ae-432c-9bd0-df91d2eba74a}/FRAMEWORK_FOR_THE_FUTURE.PDF

    10. Reached 8,000 signatures
    11. UNICEF blog on Brain Development in Children

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      Campaign supporter Pia Britto - UNICEF's senior advisor on early childhood development - has written a blog on the importance of getting it right in the first 5 years of life, ahead of their meeting on ‘Understanding the Multiple Influences on Brain Development’ today Weds 16th April. The meeting will be covered on http://www.unicef.org


      Brain development in children: the impact of adversity

      Eighty percent of our brain is developed in the first five years of life - and the pace and complexity of this development is never ever repeated again. We have one chance to get it right. Yet there is so much that can threaten this process - all around the world young children are growing up in contexts of poverty, conflict, and food insecurity.

    12. Reached 8,000 signatures
    13. The UN Open Working Group

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      For more information on the UN's Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, their upcoming meetings and new "Focus Areas" document, visit their website here: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/owg.html

      Open Working Group .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

      United Nations Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform - dedicated to improving the well being of present and future generations through the promotion of sustainable development.

    14. Reached 7,000 signatures
    15. The UN wants to hear from you....

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      We need some serious input on children and early childhood development into the UN's My World Survey http://www.myworld2015.org/

      At a recent UN High Level event on the contribution of women, the young and civil society to post 2015, the info graphic presented at
      http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/2wycs.shtml showed only data on women and youth - nothing on children.

      Please take a few minutes to visit the MyWorld site and let the UN know that you think young children and early childhood development should be one of their priorities in building and better world.

      The United Nations wants to hear from you.

      I have just told them my priorities for creating a better world. Join me and vote!

    16. Reached 6,000 signatures
    17. CG response to the UN's 'Focus Areas' Document

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development (CG) and its partners have prepared a response to the UN's Open Working Group 'Focus Areas' document, which provides the basis for the next stage of determining the goals and targets for the new post-2015 development framework. Whilst early childhood development is mentioned in the 'Focus Areas' document, it doesn't go far enough, and we must ensure it remains part of the agenda.

      The CG's paper is entitled: "The Right to Human Development: Where are Young Children in the Sustainable Development Goals?" You can download it here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kd9y9391xyz6uj3/ECD%20Response%20to%20OWG%20Focus%20Areas_March%204%202014%20-%202.pdf

      The 'Focus Areas' document can be found here: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html

    18. Strong Foundations for 21st Century Skills? Start Early

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      Campaign supporter Lisa Jordan from the Bernard van Leer Foundation in the Netherlands has written for the Huffington Post about the importance of the early years in equipping us with the skills we need for the future.

      She also sets out a three point action plan for business leaders which will help them, their employees and the future generation.

      Find the article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-jordan/strong-foundations-for-21_b_4957420.html

      Strong Foundations For 21st Century Skills? Start Early

      Posted: Print Article Even with youth unemployment at high levels, business leaders complain that they cannot find graduates with the right skills for the modern workplace. A new report from McKinsey published this month found that although almost a quarter of the young people across the European Union are unemployed, only 40 percent of employers feel confident that they can find enough skilled graduates to fill entry-level positions.

    19. Universities committed to Social Change

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      Read about how campaign supporter University of Northampton, the only university in the UK to achieve a 'Changemaker Campus' status from Ashoka U, is helping to provide the growing evidence base that underpins our proposal for including ECD in the UN's Post-2015 Global Development Goals.

      The University of Northampton is at the forefront of social innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK and Europe, and in an elite consortium of 24 universities and colleges from around the world, including institutions such as Brown University and Duke University. These Universities have an important role to play not just in supporting but in actively driving and delivering the new global development goals.

      Universities with a commitment to social change can shape the Post-2015 agenda

      It is, of course, true that universities throughout the world have had a major role in providing the growing evidence base that underpins proposals for the Post-2015 Global Development Goals (GDG). They have done this through original research in areas like climate change, sustainable development and waste management and through contributions to measurement metrics and rigorous evaluation of intervention programmes.

    20. Reached 5,000 signatures
    21. 'This is my Childhood' Conference - Bristol, UK - 4th April 2014

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      ‘This is my childhood’ will consider why combinations of domestic violence, mental illness and substance misuse are present in so many families where children are considered vulnerable or at serious risk. Impaired development through neglect, physical abuse or lack of parenting awareness all contribute threats to a child’s optimal development.

      This important conference follows a cross party political manifesto for improving the lives of children in the first 1001 days of life.

      Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP will be the Keynote speaker

      This multi – agency conference will take place on the 4th April 2014 in Bristol, UK. It will be presented in conjunction with the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN).
      More information here: http://socialworldpodcast.com/april-4th-conference/

      'This is my childhood' Conference

      This multi - agency conference will be on the 4th April 2014 in Bristol. It will be presented in conjunction with the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN).

    22. Why Early Years must be a Global Issue

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      Campaign supporter June O'Sullivan, founder of the London Early Years Foundation has written her latest blog on why early childcare and development must be a global issue. She urges all readers to sign our petition!


      Early Childhood Care and Education must become a Global Issue

      This week had an international flavour not because I was travelling to faraway places (my next trip is Walsall) but because I spent quite a bit of time considering how we share and learn about early childhood care and education in the developing world.

    23. Early Years at Davos

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      In the latest publication on Education and Skills released at Davos World Economic forum yesterday includes a chapter by Pia Britto and Ayla Goksel on early years.

      Most excitingly, the foreword by Amina Mohammed (Ban Ki Moon's advisor on post-2015) includes our goal for the early years "every girl and boy should have the best start to life and learning.

      You can download the document here: http://2u.com/wef-2014/#.Ut_PI_30DX8

      Education and Skills 2.0: New Targets and Innovative Approaches - 2U

      2U, Inc., is an education technology company that partners with top colleges and universities around the world to bring their degree programs and credit-bearing courses online. Founded by educational technology veterans, 2U strives to revolutionize the edtech industry by offering students online learning experiences that match or exceed the quality and rigor found on-campus.

    24. New Article on Safeguarding Children

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      A new article by campaign supporter Laura Henry urges readers to sign up to the campaign.


    25. New Video - ECD at the heart of Post-2015

      Tessa Jowell
      Petition Organizer

      The University of Northampton has produced this new video featuring Dr Nurper Ulkuer and Sir Al Aynsley Green calling for early childhood development to be put at the centre of the new Post-2015 Development Framework and for the UK to take a lead nationally and globally.



    Reasons for signing

    • Gilbert Bruno Sylva DAKAR, SENEGAL
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      To ensure best start in life for every child who is infected or affected by HIV

    • Arvin Bhana 3630, SOUTH AFRICA
      • about 1 month ago

      Children and early child development are neglected in MDG goals

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      Childrens around the world are the future of the humanity anything are most important than our children

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      investing in the early years of Tanzania children will enable them to become citizen who are able to use their potential to use opportunities around them to create a better nation not only for themselves but for other generations to come


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