What: The first substantive UN General Assembly resolution on child, early and forced marriage is set to be adopted
When: Friday 21 November 2014
Where: New York, UN General Assembly 3rd Committee
Why it matters: Child marriage holds back 15 million girls a year, or about 41,000 a day, denying them fundamental rights and undermining their future. If there is no reduction in child marriage, 1.2 billion girls will marry as children by 2050 – equivalent to the entire population of India.
The resolution marks the first time that UN member states have agreed upon substantive recommendations for the steps that States, international organisations and others must take to address the problem. The resolution situates the issue firmly within the post-2015 development agenda, recognising the need to give due consideration to the inclusion of a target to end child, early and forced marriage in the final framework.
Interviews are available with members of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage
Interim Global Coordinator, Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage
Adolescent Girl Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Plan International
Zara.Rapoport@plan-international.org (New York)
In the time it has taken to read this article 12 girls under the age of 18 have been married
Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18
That is 23 girls every minute
Nearly 1 every 3 seconds