Joint statement calls on world leaders to advocate for girls

It's been a year since the Girl Declaration launched last October; a year of great progress and achievement for girls.

There's now less than a year left in the post-2015 agenda-setting process, and with more than $2 trillion in development assets at stake, there's no time to waste.

To mark this year's International Day of the Girl, 16 leading development organisations have joined forces and issued a joint statement urging world leaders to act for adolescent girls. 

The statement - delivered today to United Nations Member States, the ultimate decision-makers in any post-2015 settlement - argues that global leaders have "a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the lives of adolescent girls, and in turn, the world".

We couldn't agree more - which is why you'll find the Girl Effect logo on the statement, which features five specific calls to action based on the goals and principles of the Girl Declaration.

As we have seen in the example of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, when girls are supported and empowered, they can be game-changers - powerful forces for social change and for sustainable development. But if we do not address the particular challenges and needs of adolescent girls, we will lose their enormous potential.

Read the full statement and share on Twitter using #GirlDeclaration.