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[Editorial] A multisectoral approach to childhood development

On Sept 20, at Financing the Future: Education 2030, a high-level UN conference in New York City, NY, USA, international leaders pledged to end the global education crisis. Without immediate action, by 2030 an estimated 825 million of the 1·6 billion young people in the world will be unable to reach their full potential—a catastrophic failure to meet Sustainable Development Goal 4: inclusive and quality education for all. But investment in education alone is not enough. The Lancet Series on Early Childhood Development highlighted health, nutrition, child protection, and safe peer environments, in addition to education, as factors that contribute to ensuring success for young people.