Amongst the many commitments and collective actions presented during the summit, FundLife was delighted to become a signatory to the newly formed ‘Global Youth Compact’. This seeks to put youth at the centre of the humanitarian network that will provide innovative ways to tackle issues such as acute poverty, extreme inequality, and environmental derogation that is fostering climate change.
Another key development at the summit was the launch of the Education Cannot Wait Fund, which promised $100M to support education of children living in post-disaster communities. At present, less than 2% of all funding for emergencies goes to education, despite children, parents, and development authorities agreeing that investment in education is the only way to meet the needs of the Sustainable Development Goals.
While there was much to celebrate and applaud, the true value of the summit will only be judged if actions start to match the masterful oratory that came out of the two days. If it does not, the summit and the SDGs face the same fate as the MDGs – just lofty commitments and lousy achievements. ~