2018 – a Momentous Year for ECD

2018 – a Momentous Year for ECD

Summit theme: ‘Building consensus for fair and sustainable development’

As we enter the year 2019, we would like to highlight some momentous events in the evolution and visibility of ECD globally during 2018. The year was an incredible one and we would like to acknowledge the contributions made by many of you.

Here are a few highlights: 
– The 2018 G20 Buenos Aires summit, December 
The G20 leaders in Buenos Aires, Argentina have signed a common declaration signalling prioritization for the early childhood development agenda. For the first time in the history of G20, ECD has been included. 
Here is an extract from the final communique: 
“14. We launch the G20 Initiative for Early Childhood Development and stand ready to join all stakeholders in enhancing quality and sustainably financed early childhood programs that consider the multidimensional approach of ECD, as means of building human capital to break the cycle of intergenerational and structural poverty, and of reducing inequalities, especially where young children are most vulnerable.” 

– The World Health Organisation (WHO) General Assembly in Geneva in May – A major shift, Nutrition and Early Childhood Development (ECD) were prominently positioned –
The incoming  Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus emphasized the importance of investing in ECD, supporting mothers and babies during pregnancy and in the early years.  
During this General Assembly, the Nurturing Care Framework (NCF) was launched. CEPPS was among the 1000 organisations who participated in the consultation process. We are happy to report that all key points in our framework have been incorporated in the Nurturing Care Framework and accepted by the member states, especially the intergenerational dimension and the need to invest in early intervention, starting at conception.

Nutrition and ECD were prominently positioned during the WHA71.
“The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Hub offered delegates a way to engage in candid conversation with nutrition experts to increase impact at the country level. Also, WHO launched a Framework on Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development; it outlines how policies and services can support parents, families, other caregivers, and communities in providing nurturing care for young children.” http://www.action.org/newsroom/blog/ten-key-takeaways-from-the-71st-world-health-assembly

– The PMNCH Partners forum in New Delhi, India, Dec. 2018
At the conclusion of the 2018 Partners’ Forum, PMNCH Partners reiterated their commitments to transforming the health and wellbeing of women, children, and adolescents. The event, held on December 12 and 13 in New Delhi, and co-hosted with the Government of India, brought together 1600 participants from 85 countries to exchange inspiration, ideas, and new evidence.
The joint proposal submitted by CEPPS and NZFH in Germany was selected among the 12 Success Factors Case Studies.

Thank you again all for your efforts during 2018 – to each of you in your own initiatives – bringing attention to the needs of all young children with robust scientific, social and economic evidence.
We feel we should now confidently build on this incredible political visibility for the ECD agenda by advocating for increased investment and  political commitment to implementation of ECD programs at scale for all young children and their families. 

We look forward to continuing this momentum with you and wish you all a very happy, inspiring and productive New Year 2019!

With our warmest wishes, Valerie Unite, Executive Director

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