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by Save the Children

The framework presented in this document is not designed solely to address issues in developing countries, but instead recognises that action to advance sustainable human development is required in low-, middle- and high-income countries alike. It is a universal framework, with all governments having a role to play to achieve each goal, either within their own countries or through international cooperation.

All of the targets included in the framework are relevant to, and should be pursued in, all countries. Some have quantitative success thresholds that are applicable to all, based on internationally agreed standards or where the indicator relates to a zero goal. Others have success indicators that should be used in all countries, but the exact level at which success will be deemed achieved should be set nationally.

by State of the World's children 2013, UNICEF

Children with disabilities encounter different forms of exclusion and are affected by them to varying degrees, depending on factors such as the type of disability they have, where they live and the culture or class to which they belong. Gender is also a crucial factor: Girls are less likely than boys to receive care and food and are more likely to be left out of family interactions and activities. Girls and young women with disabilities are ‘doubly disabled’. They confront not only the prejudice and inequities encountered by many persons with disabilities, but are also constrained by traditional gender roles and barriers. Girls with disabilities are also less likely to get an education, receive vocational training or find employment than are boys with disabilities or girls without disabilities. 


SEAMEO Innotech has prioritized Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) in Southeast Asia as one of its programmatic areas to support universalization of ECCD in the region. As part of its research agenda, the Center has completed an investigation of the ECCD quality assurance policies, mechanisms and models being implemented by SEAMEO member countries. 

ECD Calendar
03 - 05 December 2014

Main theme: Early Childhood Development on the Global Agenda: Building partnerships for Sustainability and Harmony

15 - 17 October 2015

Main Theme: ‘The transformative power of Early Childhood Development (ECD) for equitable development’

01 - 03 March 2017

Main theme:

'The transformative power of ECD: The importance of holistic interventions'


1. Policies and programmes which address the holistic nature of ECD in a broader spectrum that integrates but is not limited to health and nutrition, responsive caregiving, early learning, and protection.

2. Approaches which focus on equitable access to, and participation in, these holistic programmes and which therefore address discrimination based on gender, economic status, vulnerability, language/ethnicity, disability, and geography.

3. Quality monitoring of outcomes/measurements/indicators (how countries monitor the ECD-related targets in the SDGs) with special reference to inequity.

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