2000 and beyond
The new millennium saw the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals, universal goals adopted by the UN that decreed that by 2015, child poverty was to be cut by two-thirds, extreme poverty and hunger halved and that all children would be able to go to school.
This decade saw Save the Children become part of the world’s impressive progress towards achieving many of these goals.
We launched a global campaign to save children from preventable illness, laying the foundations for our No Child Born to Die campaign.
And, in a decade of terrible humanitarian crises, we massively increased our capacity to respond to emergencies. Our five-year response to the 2004 Asian tsunami was one of the largest in our history, benefitting around one million people.
We worked to reach children in intensely hostile environments during the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, and in completely cut-off communities in the aftermath of the Pakistan earthquake in 2005.
In 2010 Save the Children became a global organisation – uniting 30 member organisations under Save the Children International to deliver change for children in 120 countries.
In recent years we continued with our development programmes in countries including Bangladesh, Indonesia and Fiji and responded to emergencies in Fiji, Yemen and Sulawesi.
Eglantyne Jebb dreamed of a world where no child should suffer extreme and life-threatening hardship. Today, there are signs that the world is making real progress towards her vision, but there is still much to be done.
The dramatic recent progress the world has made in saving children’s lives has brought us to a pivotal moment in human history. We have the opportunity to be the first generation to ensure that no child dies from preventable diseases, and that every child gets the chance to fulfill their potential.
By 2030 we will work to ensure:
- No child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday
- All children learn from a quality basic education
- Violence against children is no longer tolerated.