G20 reaffirms importance of early childhood development
The G20 Development Working Group (DWG) submitted recommendations for the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, key to breaking the cycle of structural poverty and inequality.
Early childhood is one of the most important stages in human life: it is key for every child’s development, future well-being and learning capacity. In Buenos Aires, the G20 Development Working Group agreed last week in Buenos Aires on proposals to invest in the development of every child’s first 1,000 days of life.
The “G20 Early Childhood Development Initiative” points out that “43% of children under five years of age are at risk of not reaching their full developmental potential due to poverty and malnutrition.” With the aim of ensuring every child has access to adequate nutrition, childcare services, health coverage and education, the recommendations suggest adopting “a multidimensional approach.”
This is the first time this issue has been addressed by the G20. The group now recognizes the link between early childhood and sustainable development, and its importance in breaking the cycle of structural poverty and inequality.
Given this context, the initiative calls for taking action in three priority areas: financing and investing in early childhood programmes, assessing and monitoring the impact of these programmes, and international cooperation.
Press-release at the Argentinian G20 presidency official web-site