Save the Children International

“In recent decades the world has made unprecedented progress in reducing child mortality, and the work of organizations like Save the Children has made a huge difference. But as we see every day, there is still much more to do to rescue children from suffering and danger and give them a future.”
– Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO, Save the Children International (April 4, 2016)

Since 1921, we have been a member of Save the Children International, a network of 30 member organizations that operate collaboratively and raise funds worldwide. The members of this network join together as a federation to pool resources, establish common positions on issues and strengthen our capacities to carry out life-saving and sustainable projects to improve the lives of children around the globe.

Learn more about our international programs.

The first Save the Children organization was founded in London, England, in 1919 by Eglantyne Jebb and her sister Dorothy Buxton. It was launched in response to the aftermath of WWI and the Russian Revolution. Jebb’s work pioneered the United Nations’ movement toward formal recognition of universal child rights.

One of Eglantyne Jebb’s most important legacies was the development of the concept of children’s rights. She drafted the first version of the Rights of the Child. In February 1923, the Rights of the Child were adopted by the International Save the Children Union and titled ‘The Declaration of Geneva.’ In September 1924, the Declaration was adopted by the League of Nations. In 1989, the United Nations ratified its Convention on the Rights of the Child which has its roots in the pioneering work of Eglantyne Jebb.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified in1989, forms the basis of all of our work around the world. Please click here to read more.

From now to 2030: Sustainable Development Goals

During the Sustainable Development Summit held in September 2015, more than 190 world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years:

  1. 1. End extreme poverty
  2. 2. Fight inequality & injustice
  3. 3. Fix climate change

Working together with our supporters and partners, we are committed to achieving the Global Goals and ensuring a better future – and a better planet – for generations to come.