(AMMAN, March 13, 2018) — Under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the second Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit 2018 will take place in Jordan on March 26-27, 2018 at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre in the Dead Sea. Inspired and founded by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, Laureates and Leaders for Children is a growing movement bringing together Nobel Laureates, global leaders, and youth from around the world to inspire, collaborate and act to protect the most vulnerable children.
Launched in 2016 by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, Laureates and Leaders for Children mobilizes Nobel Laureates, global leaders and other leading thinkers and influencers across disciplines and generations who are champions for children. The movement was conceived to lay the foundation for a more sustainable and forward-thinking leadership to safeguard the future of the world’s children, particularly in the face of global challenges and chronic social challenges impacting communities worldwide.
“Today, conflict, violence, climate change and poverty are forcing millions of children on the move” HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein commented. “Millions are losing their homes and families, being trafficked and enslaved, missing out on formal education, and being subjected to routine physical and emotional abuse. This summit is a sincere and concerted effort to bring people together to openly discuss these challenges and formulate long-term and realistic strategies to address them.”
The first Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit, held in 2016, was hosted by President of India, Honourable Mr. Pranab Mukherjee. Twenty one Nobel Laureates and world leaders joined 400 distinguished thinkers and influencers from academia, business, entertainment, government and civil society, all committed to work together to prioritize the world’s children in their spheres of influence.
“The idea of a united, safe and inclusive future has never been more urgently needed than today. “As leaders, we must create a legacy of compassion to create a child-friendly world”, said Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. The safety, freedom and education of children cannot be achieved without collective efforts and strong resolve. Today, our children are not safe, therefore for me humanity is not safe. Everyday more children are losing their homes, families, education and future due to conflict, disasters and the organized crime of trafficking This must stop now. The very idea behind Laureates and Leaders for Children and the summits is to build a sense of urgency, collective responsibility and a strong moral voice to galvanise political will.
After the first summit in India, OECD’s Secretary General Angel Gurria committed to incorporating the well-being of children into its measures and indicators of inclusive growth and at the G20 Summit 2017 called for the world’s governments to support Laureates and Leaders for Children, reiterating the need for urgent action to end slavery and ensure all children are educated.
Laureates and Leaders for Children aims to harness the intellectual, moral and political will of the world’s leaders to protect and educate every child, especially the more than 264 million children and youth who are not learning in school, the 152 million children toiling in labour, and 12 million children who make up half of the world’s refugees and asylum seekers. These are not mere numbers but, rather each figure represents a childhood lost, another child traumatised, and another child more vulnerable to exploitation making it the greatest crisis humanity will ever face.
Laureates and Leaders for Children is convened by His Excellency Jose Ramos Horta, Nobel Peace Laureate and Former President of Timor Leste and led by a steering committee including HRH Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan, Her Excellency the First Lady of Panama, Mrs. Lorena Castillo de Varela, Nobel Peace Laureate, Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, Human Rights Activist and President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Ms. Kerry Kennedy, and renowned economist Mr. Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General on the Sustainable Development Goals.