A Forum to identify opportunities for business to invest in children and contribute to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals in South America.
With a young, increasingly educated and connected population, as well as an abundance in natural resources, South America is one of the world’s economic strongholds, attracting both companies and investors. However, the region is also known to be one of the most inequitable in the world. This inequality is not only preventing children from enjoying their rights, but is, in fact, a key obstacle for sustainable development and economic growth. Investing in children, by addressing children’s rights and reducing inequalities, is central to the
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Forum takes place at time when the SDGs and the Agenda 2030 are in early stages of implementation. A key principle of the SDGs, underpinning all 17 goals, is the idea of leaving no one behind. This means that in realising this universal agenda, with goals such as creating decent work and economic growth, making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, all stakeholders need to identify who are furthest behind, the most vulnerable and ensure that efforts are taken to include and address the rights and needs of those.
Out of the region’s 418 million population, nearly a third are children below the age of 18. While the situation of millions of children in South America has improved in the last fifteen years, grave inequities persist in the region. When violence is still rampant and climate change increasingly challenging livelihoods, the agenda and goals of ensuring all children access equitable health, education and a life free from fear, is daunting. Even though inequality in terms of income and gender has been reduced in recent years, it is still a key hindrance for sustainable and equitable development and growth.
At the Forum, we will push the conversation forward by identifying opportunities for how business can create value to society and their bottom line, as well as reduce inequalities, by investing in every child – in their well-being, health and safety. Featuring inspiring speakers, plenary panels and interactive ActionLab sessions, the Forum provides companies with leading insight and tools on how they best can advance children’s rights and manage related risks in their operations and supply chains in South America.