Sustainable development begins with children. Growing up free from poverty, healthy and educated, feeling happy and being safe, is the foundation for becoming adults that contribute to the economy, a sustainable environment and a socially cohesive society. At the heart of the SDGs is therefore a strong emphasis on equity: the global development goals are only reached if they are achieved for all children, everywhere. Thus, the well-being of children today constitutes an important marker of progress towards the attainment of the SDGs.
This dashboard is based on the SDG Baseline Report on Children in Indonesia. This report has been produced through a joint effort between the Government of Indonesia and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Indonesia to deepen our understanding of the situation of children in the country, and make this data available for informed policy planning and monitoring.
This dashboard provides a baseline for priority child-related SDG indicators that have been identified as most relevant for monitoring the situation of children under each goal. Indonesia’s 84 million children represent one third of the country’s total population. How children are faring – in terms of their health and nutrition, their welfare and education, and the environment in which they grow up – is a direct predictor of what Indonesia’s future will look like.
Investing in all children and young people is central to achieving sustainable development, and monitoring progress for children is crucial in determining which investments to make. Indeed, the SDGs recognize that children are both agents of change and torch-bearers for sustainable development.