Early childhood development: Pathways to sustainable peace

(Reposted from: United Nations. September 28, 2023)

Summary

Early childhood development is a critical investment to achieve sustainable development and peace. Accessible early childhood development services are needed to create a culture of peace, respect for diversity, social cohesion, and reduction of conflict and violence in communities worldwide.

Description

As the theme of this year’s General Debate is “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all,” a focus on young children’s contribution to the agenda is imperative and timely. 

The event presented scientific evidence around early childhood development and social cohesion/peacebuilding and showcased best practices from around the world over the last 25 years.

The panel discussion aimed to galvanize commitment for investment, advocate for stronger normative frameworks that support early childhood development, and promote meaningful collaboration for building peaceful societies through early childhood development investments among other means.