For too long, the world has failed to protect its children as political leaders have shrunk from the world stage, and haven’t put the needs and rights of children first.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Britain has a seat at some of the most powerful tables on earth, including the UN, NATO, the G20, and the Commonwealth. This means it has a vital role to play in protecting these children.
UK leadership in the world has, time and again, saved lives. Britain was crucial to the creation of the United Nations, to the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Today, the UK’s commitment to protecting aid spending continues to convince other countries around the world to follow in our footsteps.
Britain has saved lives by setting an example for the rest of the world to follow. It is time to show that leadership again.
We know that, ultimately, the Government answers to the people of the UK. It's our voices, raised alongside those of children everywhere, that will convince our Government to recommit to protect children in conflict.
Through words and deeds, the UK must send the message to the world: enough is enough. The war on children must end.