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katharina 100 x 150Katharina Thon
Advocacy Kinder & Jugendrechte
SOS Children’s Villages Austria
sophia 100 x 150Sofía García-García
Advocacy Advisor Post-2015 Agenda
SOS Children’s Villages

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In this Current Issues podcast, Sofía García-García and Katharina Thon from SOS Children’s Village join us to share their views on the rights of children in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Katharina and Sofía discuss the creation processes of the Post-2015 Development Agenda as well as how the new Agenda can represent the rights of children more effectively. Both women believe that a new holistic agenda must be created from the lessons of MDGs and fully includes marginalized groups. They stress that although there are issues with the MDG’s they nevertheless changed the lives of many people. Sofía explains that the new Development Agenda, should hold developed and developing countries equally accountable  in terms of poverty, children’s rights and women’s rights. Sofía and Katharina conclude the podcast by explaining that the most important aspect of the Post-2015 Agenda will be the equitable inclusion of the most marginalized groups of people and their unique needs.

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Katharina Thon, Background

Katharina Thon is an Advocacy Adviser from SOS Children’s Villages Austria. Her areas of work include children rights and participation rights at national level and Post 2015 at the international level. After studying in Bielefeld, Germany, Thon graduate in 2010 with an MA in educational sciences with a special focus on media education and intercultural studies. She has held several intern and volunteer positions in child protection organizations at home and abroad, including  “Child Welfare” in South Africa; “Die Arche”, a Christian organiation for deprived children in Hamburg, Germany; German Children’s Fund in Berlin, Germany;  and the United Nations (Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children)  in New York, USA.

Sofía García García, Background

Sofía García García is SOS Children’s Villages advocacy advisor on the post 2015 development agenda process. A Spanish national, Sofía has been based in New York for the last four years, participating in different roles connected to civil society in the negotiating process towards the Rio+20 summit and other processes and programs related to the MDGs and the definition of the new international development agenda.

Sofia’s work has been around making the United Nations and other decision making bodies closer to civil society and vice versa. Her role in SOS Children’s Villages is to bring the expertise of the organization and the voices of children and young people without parental care or at risk of losing it to the decision making process around the new development agenda to ensure that future policies and investments don’t forget about one of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups of civil society.

Sofía holds a Master in European Union Studies by the University of Salamanca (Spain) and a Master in International Affairs by The New School (New York, USA).

Feature Photo Credi: UN Photo & Kibae Park/Sipa Press