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.
The outcomes of the summit will include:
- Assertion and commitment to the moral imperative to end violence against children and ensure access to a child friendly world.
- Laureates and Leaders brainstorm and commit to action in their respective fields to accelerate progress and achieve breakthroughs to benefit children, by signing a Declaration.
- Launching of the “100 million for 100 million” campaign, which aims to mobilise 100 million youth and children for 100 million underprivileged children across the world, to end child labour, child slavery, violence against children and promote the right of every child to be safe, free, and educated, over the next 5 years.