The G20 has acknowledged the approach set out in the Nurturing Care Framework. In October 2018 the Development Working Group launched the “G20 Early Childhood Development Initiative”, which recognizes that: “ECD… is deeply influenced by nurturing care – health, food security and quality nutrition, responsive caregiving, physical and emotional security and safety, and early learning and stimulation. All these dimensions interact and are mutually reinforcing. We acknowledge the Nurturing Care Framework, launched at the 71st World Health Assembly by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the World Bank Group (WBG), in collaboration with The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), the ECD Action Network (ECDAN), and other partners, such as the InterAmerican
Development Bank (IDB).”
The document states that there are currently 70 million children aged up to six years old who have spent their entire lives in conflict zones. “All children should be allowed to develop and thrive in a secure and safe environment,” the document reads, and calls for action in three priority areas: financing and investing in early childhood programmes, assessing and monitoring the impact of these programmes, and international cooperation.
The G20 Early Childhood Development Initiative can be downloaded here.