In December 2014, at an event held for the interaction of Class of 2014, Nobel Laureates from various disciplines met their fellow Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, and expressed the desire to do their bit for the rights of children. As a symbol of their resolve, the Nobel Laureates lit a candle for the children of the world. In order to take affirmative action on the resolve, in 2015, fourteen Nobel Laureates led by Kailash Satyarthi wrote to the UN Secretary General on the need to increase financing for education. The letter was specifically referred to, during the declaration by the UN Secretary General at the Oslo Education Financing Summit which led to the formation of the International Commission on the Financing of Global Education Opportunities.
Kailash Satyarthi recognised the change which can be brought to the lives of children around the world when visionaries from various fields work together, and proposed bringing Nobel Laureates and world leaders on a single platform to interact with, and work towards the right of every child to have a free, safe and educated childhood. To bring this vision to fruition the Laureates and Leaders for Children platform was formed in 2016.
In December 2016, the first Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit was hosted by the President of India at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan (the Presidential Palace) in New Delhi. Twenty two Nobel Laureates and world leaders, along with leaders from government, academia, business, civil society and youth representatives participated. The two day summit saw Laureates and leaders identifying challenges and discussing solutions with children and youth representatives towards a free, safe and educated childhood for all.
Laureates and Leaders grew to be a platform where Nobel Laureates, World Leaders, world’s pioneering thinkers, heads of States, heads of United Nations Agencies, faith leaders, youth, survivors of exploitation and eminent personalities from the government, business, technology, media, academia, and civil society join hands to triumph the objective of free, safe, healthy and educated childhood for all children around the world.
Laureates and Leaders for Children partners will convene a Summit every two years to be hosted in different cities around the world. Youth are an integral part of the Laureates and Leaders for Children platform to highlight and amplify the voice of millions of youth in the 100 Million Campaign. Over time, Laureates and Leaders will mentor and host a world youth parliament to voice their ideas, priorities and to lead on issues directly affecting their lives.