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Leave no child behind: The post 2015 SDG agenda – a world fit for children

19 November 2015
12:00 - 14:00

A South Africa and a World Fit for Children

Prof. Andy Dawes, Emeritus Prof. of Psychology, UCT
Mr Fabian Arends, ESSD, HSRC
Ms Shirin Motala, EPD, HSRC
Prof. Thelmah Maluleke, PHSSI, HSRC
Dr Lumbwe Chola, PHSSI, HSRC
Mr Yash Ramkolowan, DNA Economics
Mr Stewart Ngandu, EPD, HSRC

Download the presentations here.

Date:  19 November
12:00 – 14:00
Venue:    VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST

In September 2015 the global community transitioned from Millennium Development Goals agenda (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a sobering recognition that the MDGs, particularly in the African Continent and Southern Africa,  did not realise some of the goals and targets set. This was particularly pronounced in relation to transforming the lives of children, who are over represented amongst the most vulnerable. South Africa’s Close Out Report on the 15 year MDG journey, recently presented at the UN Summit for SDGs in New York in Sept 2015 noted that poverty and inequality remain the major challenges for South Africa and that between 2000 and 2015 the situation had not improved sufficiently.

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with 17 goals and 169 targets by global leaders provides much hope in that it has involved unprecedented levels of engagement with stakeholders in the formulation of the goals and targets. Importantly the SDG agenda outlines processes for building on and strengthening the MDGs with a commitment to leaving No ONE BEHIND. Child wellbeing is central to many of these goals and targets.  

In commemoration of Universal Children’s Day on the 20th November 2015, the HSRC invites you to join us in this forum to reflect on the South Africa’s progress in the realization of the MDG’s over the past 15 years and importantly to assess the opportunities and challenges that the SDG agenda provides in the fulfillment of the rights of children and making this a world fit for children. A panel of researchers will lead discussion on South Africa’s progress in realization of the MDGs and to help us consider what South Africa must do and how to intensify efforts to strengthen the links between SDGs and children’s rights.  

To access a copy of SA MDG Report 2015 go to:

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, cape Town or Durban

Kindly RSVP by 18 November 2015
Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact: Carmen August, Tel: 021 466 7827 Email:
Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Mary Thipe Street, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400,
Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:  or Happy Solomon,E-mail, tel: 012 302 2368