With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, the global community has made an unprecedented commitment to tackling some of our greatest collective challenges. At the core of the Goals is a pledge to meet the needs of those who have been left behind. As attention now turns to implementing the agenda, perhaps no group should be prioritised more urgently than children living in crises.

Realising the promise of both the World Humanitarian Summit and the Sustainable Development Goals requires simultaneously addressing immediate needs and supporting longer-term outcomes for children. It relies on real, practical action to break with the patterns of the past and to better integrate humanitarian and development work. This integrated humanitarian and development work must promote community engagement, early investments in preparedness, collaboration for joint assessments, and improvements in longer-term planning.

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