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The Sustainable Development Goals, adolescents and GAGE

There are 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19 years in the world today, and how they navigate this crucial life-stage will determine not only their own futures but also the success of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Below we have mapped out how the SDG targets have the potential to impact upon adolescents’ lives for the better.

GAGE will contribute to progress towards these targets by helping focus attention on the intersection of age and gender, directly addressing one of the most invisible populations: adolescent girls. GAGE will also make contributions to monitoring progress towards the Goals, ensuring that the ‘leave no one behind’ focus becomes reality.  More specifically, GAGE will help make sure that the most marginalised girls-- such as those with disabilities, those from ethnic minority groups, and those living in slum-based communities—are made visible in quantitative and qualitative assessments of progress over time. 

While the 17 Goals and 169 targets are now linked to 230 individual indicators, over half of those indicators lack acceptable country coverage, agreed-up methodologies, or both. As the development of cutting-edge tools is one of GAGE’s primary foci, the programme can help identify methodologies for measuring specific progress for adolescents, including by gender and age. 

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  • Reduce at least by half the proportion of children living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions (Target 1.2)

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  • End all forms of malnutrition, including stunting and wasting, addressing the nutritional needs of adolescent girls (Target 2.2). 

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  • Reduce the global maternal mortality rate (Target 3.1). 
  • Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes (Target 3.7). 
  • Promote mental health and well-being (Target 3.4).

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  • Ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes (Target 4.1).
  • By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university (Target 4.3).
  • Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all (Target 4.a).

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  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere (Target 5.1).
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation (Target 5.2).
  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (Target 5.3).
  • Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work (Target 5.4).
  • Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of girls at all levels (Target 5.c).

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  • By 2030, achieve adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and people in vulnerable situations (Target 6.2).

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  • Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all young people, and equal pay for work of equal value (Target 8.5).
  • By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training (Target 8.6).
  • Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms (Target 8.7).
  • Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women (Target 8.8).
  • By 2020, develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization (Target 8.b)

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  • Provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of children (Target 11.2).
  • Provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible green and public spaces, in particular for children (Target 11.7).

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  • Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least-developed countries and small island developing states, including focusing on youth (Target 13.b).

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  • Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere (Target 16.1).
  • End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children (Target 16.2)
  • Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all (Target 16.3).
  • Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels (Target 16.7).