Sustainable development poses several challenges for developing countries
A shortage of financial and technological resources makes achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) difficult for developing countries, particularly in the areas of child survival, early childhood development, environmental protection and humanitarian assistance.
Some of the key challenges children face, especially in developing countries, include:
- Newborns die everyday from mostly preventable causes. In 2018, 2.5 million of the world’s children died in the first month of life.
- Children are not receiving the nutritious foods and social support they need to grow, develop and thrive.
- Nearly 50 million children, including adolescents, have been uprooted from their homes due to natural disasters, violence or poverty.
- Children’s health and development are being harmed by air pollution. Increased risks from chemicals, waste, polluted water and the lack of green and clean spaces for children to play are harming children’s health and development.