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Strength in Numbers - How Longitudinal Research Can Support Child Development

A Global Agenda: Sustainable Developments Goals and Longitudinal Research

In September 2015, government leaders from around the world will gather to approve new goals for the sustainable development of the world. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) they adopt could focus the efforts of longitudinal researchers on landmark global goals for human development.

The SDGs will include a monitoring framework composed of indicators that will capture progress in core domains of child well-being, such as nutrition, education, health and poverty. The indicators will serve as a management tool to help countries develop implementation strategies and allocate resources – including those for research – accordingly. Statistics on the indicators will be gathered at the national, regional and global level.

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