In 2000, 189 leaders from around the world adopted the Millennium Declaration and committed themselves to achieving eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. The MDGs outline a comprehensive and ambitious plan to deal with some of the world’s most pressing development issues.

UNICEF is mandated by the world's governments to promote and protect children's rights and wellbeing. Along with other UN agencies and global partners, UNICEF has taken the MDGs as part of its mandate. Each UNICEF action is a step towards achieving an MDG, and creating a world fit for children.

With the 2015 MDGs deadline approaching, a global conversation is underway about what the development agenda should look like "post-2015". This discussion is an important opportunity to look at what progress has been achieved, and what more needs to be done; and which important issues need to be prioritised and addressed. UNICEF is advocating for children and their rights to be at the heart of the post-2015 framework.

We believe that it is vital for children and young people to have an active and ongoing say in the discussions about what the post-2015 framework should look like. To achieve this, UNICEF UK recently consulted with children and young people in the UK about which issues they think are important, and about the kind of world that they want to live in. The consultation included an online survey and a series of workshops. Read the report and watch the video of the workshops. 

• Download our discussion pack for children and young people

A girl drinks safe drinking water from a hand pump © UNICEF/BANA2009-00123/Shehzad Noorani
A girl drinks safe drinking water from a hand pump in Bangladesh.© UNICEF/BANA2009-00123/Shehzad Noorani