Each Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit culminates in a declaration, setting out our priority areas for action and advocacy. For the 2016-2018 period, our work was steered by the Will for Children Declaration; for 2018-2020, the Dead Sea Declaration guided our work.
WILL FOR CHILDREN: 2016-2018
INDIA RATIFIES ILO CONVENTION 182
The Indian Labour Minister announced the ratification of ILO Convention 182 for the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, and enacted legislation in India against the most hazardous forms of child labour.
OECD COMMITS TO REPORTING MEASURES FOR CHILD WELL-BEING
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría committed to incorporate the well-being of children into OECD measures and indicators of inclusive growth. At the G20 Summit 2017, he 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. The result was a report released in November 2019 by OECD and the ILO on child labour in global supply chains.
GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR EDUCATION GLOBAL STUDY ON CHILD LABOUR
Former Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, Julia Gillard, announced that GPE will examine the links between child labour, slavery, and economic growth in a global study.
16TH WORLD SUMMIT OF NOBEL PEACE LAUREATES CALLS FOR FINANCING FOR CHILD-FOCUSED SDGs
At the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in February 2017, Nobel Laureates recognised the violence children suffer whether from conflict, climate change, early marriage, child labour or human trafficking, or poverty as a serious global crisis, and called on governments to allocate the financial resources to implement the related UN Sustainable Development Goals.
DEAD SEA DECLARATION: 2018-2020
HE LORENA CASTILLO GARCIA PRESENTS DECLARATION TO UN SECRETARY-GENERAL
Laureates and Leaders Steering Committee member and then-First Lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo Garcia, presented the 2018 Dead Sea Declaration to UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
LAUREATES AND LEADERS ACT URGENTLY FOR PEACE
In March 2019, Laureates and Leaders for Children convened a group of 74 Nobel laureates and 4 world leaders to write to the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan, urging them not to go to war.
In September 2019, Laureates and Leaders contributed to the outcome document at the 17th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Merida, Mexico, calling urgently to build a culture of peace.
KAILASH SATYARTHI ADVOCATES WITH WORLD LEADERS
Over the period, Mr. Satyarthi has advocated with world leaders including as HH Pope Francis, German Chancellor HE Angela Merkel, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina HE Jorge Faurie, the Prime Minister’s Offices of Canada and Norway, as well as the governments of France and Thailand, calling for a comprehensive UN convention to address the online abuse of children, one of the core issues recognised in the Dead Sea Declaration. The governments of Afghanistan, Bhutan, Germany and Singapore have also been engaged on this issue.
LAUREATES AND LEADERS CALL FOR A FAIR SHARE FOR CHILDREN
In May 2020, concerned by the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities and inspired by the 100 Million youth leaders’ Justice for Every Child campaign, Laureates and Leaders convened 88 Nobel laureates and world leaders to release a joint statement calling for a fair share of the global economic response to be allocated to the world’s most marginalised children. The 2020 Fair Share for Children Summit is the next step in the campaign to prevent a child rights disaster in the wake of the pandemic.