Laureates And Leaders

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Great strides have been made to improve the lives of children and youth, yet big challenges remain as not all enjoy the same basic rights to be free, safe, healthy and educated.

The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, conferred on child-rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi, brought global spotlight to one of the greatest moral challenges of our time, the need to protect and educate every child. As the world adopted the new development agenda with the announcement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Kailash Satyarthi envisioned a gathering of Nobel laureates and leaders from around the world, to harness their collective intellectual, moral and political will for the benefit of the world’s children. This gathering is the Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit, to be held in New Delhi in December 2016.

The Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit will concentrate on building a strong moral platform for protecting all children from violence, and ensuring a world where all children are free to be children. This Summit will amplify the collective leadership and moral authority of Nobel laureates across different fields, world leaders and champions of children’s rights.

The inaugural Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit will be held from 10-11 December 2016, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace) in New Delhi, India. His Excellency Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India will address this event and host a dinner for the invitees on 10 December 2016 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The Summit will convene Nobel laureates, the world’s leading thinkers, heads of states, heads of United Nations Agencies, award winning child/youth leaders and over 150 eminent persons from academia, business, cinema, sports and civil society.

Schedule

In a unique and unprecedented gathering of Nobel Laureates and Leaders from around the world, the Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit 2016, New Delhi is convened with one overarching goal: to build a strong moral platform for a child-friendly world by globalising compassion for ending trafficking especially its worst forms like sexual exploitation and slavery everywhere.

Convened by Mr Kailash Satyarthi who won the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 for his “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”, the Summit is designed to tap into the enormous intellectual and moral power, experience, resilience and passion of the world’s established thought leaders to focus on the world’s most deprived children. Bringing together the collective leadership of approximately 25 laureates and leaders, young people and over 150 eminent personalities from various walks of life – academia, business, civil society, sports, arts and culture – the Summit will call the world to urgent action to allow children to remain children, all over the world.

  • Day 1, Saturday, Dec 10, 2016
    9.00 - 10.00
    Young Voices- Building the Nextgen Champions
    A youth engagement session organised by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) and KidsRights (TBC)
    9:30 - 10:30
    Registration
    Registration for Delegates Delegates to take their seats for the Opening Session by 10:40 hrs
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    Session Start 11:00
    Opening Session of the Summit by His Excellency the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee
    “Let us Globalise Compassion for our Children”
    This session introduces Laureates and Leaders for Children, Summit 2016, setting the context and sharing its vision. Dignitaries make a case for investing in and prioritising children.
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    Welcome and overview of Laureates and Leaders for Children, Summit 2016: Mr Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate 2014
    Welcome and overview of Laureates and Leaders for Children, Summit 2016
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    Keynote address and opening remarks: HE President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee
    Keynote address and opening remarks
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    Session End at 12:50
    Expert Remarks on “Let us Globalise Compassion for our Children”
    ● HH Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate
    ● HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco
    ● HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE
    ● HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, The Hashemite Kingdom Of Jordan - bearing a message from HM King Abdullah Ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
    ● Child/youth participant
    ●HRH Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands and UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development
    ● HE José Ramos-Horta, Former President of Timor-Leste and Nobel Peace Laureate
    12:15 - 13:00
    Thematic Dialogue Session “Circles for Freedom: Lend Voices to our Children”
    In this pivotal session laureates, leaders and luminaries from academics, arts, civil society, government, business and children come together in 20 smaller circles (roundtables) to 'ideate' towards building a world free from all forms of child slavery. Each roundtable will combine the varied and rich knowledge of its members who will discuss, debate and decide on specific solutions to pertinent challenges that bridle childhood freedom; channelising compassion through critical opportunities that exist in the world today. Discussions will be thematic ranging from access to justice, role of business and youth, tapping innovation and technology, creating child friendly communities, and a coordinated, holistic approach to end child exploitation.
    Each roundtable will be presided over by a Nobel Laureate/World Leader.
    13:00 - 14:15
    Lunch
    Rashtrapati Bhavan
    14:15 - 14:30
    Consolidated Presentation of Roundtable Discussions
    Master of Ceremonies to present a summary of recommendations from the Roundtables
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    14:30 - 15:30
    Discourse and Dialogue Plenary 1 “Childhood Freedom”
    While there is progress in ending slavery and trafficking, much remains to be done and urgently, especially with rising humanitarian crises pushing many children into exploitation. Thus, this plenary focuses on exploring tangible solutions and innovative strategies for the protection of all children from violence to ensure the rights of all children to freedom, justice and equality.

    A panel of Nobel laureates and world leaders will make special remarks on the topic, followed by a moderated conversation between them and the delegates.

    ● HE Mr Gilbert Houngbo, Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships, International Labour Organization, former Prime Minister of Togo
    ● Mdm Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate
    ● Dr Helen Durham, Director of International Law & Policy, International Committee of the Red Cross
    ● Mr Hassine Abassi, Secretary General, Tunisian General Labour Union; and Mr Jamel Msallem, President, Tunisian Human Rights Ceremonial Hall, RBCC 4 League - representing National Dialogue Quartet, Nobel Peace Prize
    ● Mr Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute

    Moderator: Mr Kevin Watkins, Save the Children-UK
    15:30 - 16:00
    Coffee Break
    Coffee Break
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    16:00 - 17:00
    Discourse and Dialogue Plenary 2 “Creating Better Lives: Healthy & Educated Children”
    Education and health are the basic rights of every child, imperative for overall childhood wellbeing and development. This plenary maps challenges and explores opportunities and solutions for ensuring access to good quality education and healthcare to the most vulnerable children.

    A panel of Nobel laureates and world leaders will make special remarks on the topic, followed by a moderated conversation between them and the delegates.

    ● HE Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia
    ● HE Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
    ● Mdm Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Laureate
    ● Dr Unni Karunakara, Former International President, Médecins Sans Frontières
    ● Mr Ratan Kumar Nag, Acting Managing Director, Grameen Bank
    ● Mr Noriyuki Suzuki, General Secretary, ITUC-Asia Pacific

    Moderator: Moderator: Mr N Ram, Chairman, Kasturi & Sons Limited and Publisher of 'The Hindu'
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    17:00 - 17:15
    Closing of Day 1
    Summary of Day 1 by the Master of Ceremonies and a Vote of Thanks by Mr Satyarthi
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    16:00
    Cultural Event followed by Dinner (By Invitation only)
    Hosted by HE President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee

    Cultural Performance by Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra - “RAM”

    Ramayan is the greatest living tradition of our times: imparting universal and timeless values. The story of Ram has been handed down to us as ‘the conquest of good over evil’. Ram’s life consists of a multitude of episodes where his qualities come forth. The especially commissioned script has conceptualized each event of Ram’s life in a way that the spectator may imbibe some of these values into their very own lives.

    The slide projection is in English, as a special feature, to make the show more ‘user friendly’.

    • Script – Mr Neelabh and Mr Arvind Kumar
    • Music Direction – Ms Shanti Sharma and Mr Biswajit Roy Chowdhury
    • Choreography – Mr Shashidharan Nair
    • Art Direction – Mr Badal and Ms Sudha Jagannathan
  • Day 2, Sunday, Dec 11, 2016
    09:15 - 09:30
    Introduction to Day 2 and Recap of the Day 1 by the Master of Ceremonies
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    9:30 - 10:15
    Dialogue Plenary 3 “Changing Our Children's Future: The Ripple Effect”
    Every action taken for advancement of children’s rights is precious and noteworthy. All it needs is the heart to do something. This plenary engages with Laureates and Leaders to share their ideas/contributions in their respective field of expertise, for creating a child friendly world.

    Nobel Laureates and world leaders share their ideas and commitments to protect children from violence and to create a child friendly world, moderated by an expert.

    ● HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, The Hashemite Kingdom Of Jordan
    ● Mdm Ouided Bouchamaoui, President, The Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts; and Mr Ameur Meherzi, Dean National Order of Tunisian Lawyers - representing National Dialogue Quartet, Nobel Peace Prize
    ● Senator Tom Harkin, (Retired) Former United States Senator
    ● Ms Kerry Kennedy, President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
    10:15 - 11:00
    Building collective wisdom for our children - Town Hall
    (Interactive Session)
    Laureates and Leaders on the dais, interacting with a dynamic audience of child/youth leaders, government & business leaders, academia, intergovernmental organisation representatives & civil society organisations from across the world.
    11:00 - 11:30
    Coffee Break
    Coffee Break
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    11:30 - 12:00
    Outcome Session “United For Children”
    Presentation of the Way Forward by Mr Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate.
    All Laureates and Leaders join the pledge as the way forward.
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    12:00 - 13:00
    Closing Ceremony “Towards a Child Friendly World”
    This session concludes the Laureates and Leaders’ for Children Summit 2016, with keynote address by Chief Guest, Honourable Prime Minister of India.
    Keynote address by Chief Guest: Honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi (Requested)

    ● HE Lorena Castillo de Varela, First Lady of the Republic of Panama
    ● HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE
    ● HE Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
    ● Mr Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
    ● Mdm Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Laureate

    Vote of Thanks by Mr Kailash Satyarthi
    13:00 - 14:30
    Lunch
    Delegates to take their seats for the Launch of the Campaign by 14:40 hrs
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    15:00 - 16:00
    Launch of the 100 million for 100 million campaign
    The 100 Million for 100 Million Campaign will launch globally at the Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit for Children in December 2016 and seeks partners for change. More than a 1000 children will launch the Campaign with HE the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee and the Laureates and Leaders.
    There will be a short meet and greet with HE President of India on his birthday (11 Dec), followed by the launch of the Campaign.

Venue Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi

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