May 25, 2016
Kailash Satyarthi urges world leaders for a strong political consensus to protect children at the first World Humanitarian Summit
Istanbul, Turkey: Kailash Satyarthi urged and appealed to the world leaders, civil society members, governments, business houses and the humanitarian agencies at the World Humanitarian Summit to work on a strong political will in order to protect children under humanitarian crisis from slavery and deprivation from education.
Mr. Satyarthi and Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO, Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO, Save the Children and Ms. Susan Bissell, Director, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children (GPEVAC) addressed the high level conference on ‘Leaving No Child Unprotected: Child Protection Across the Humanitarian and Development Divide’ at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit to focus on protection of Children.
Kailash Satyarthi said, “If the world continues to observe a rise in the number of children from conflict zones and areas suffering from natural disasters in the labour market and fails to address or consider their right to live with dignity, to access education and to be protected and nurtured, then the Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted, would not be successfully achieved.”
Even though the world is currently focused on Syria, it is pertinent to note that many other countries are facing similar dire situations, with the rights of children being violated at every instance. The Palestine and Israel conflict has led children, as young as 11, to be working in hazardous conditions of modern agricultural, inhaling toxic pesticide fumes. Children in South Sudan have been and are still being recruited as child soldiers. Girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria are being used as suicide bombers and children in DR Congo are no less than child slaves. Yet child protection remains misunderstood, underfunded and consistently de-prioritized.
“I am committed to work positively towards impacting the lives of 100 million children in the next 5 years through my organisations, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, Global March Against Child Labour, other partners and work with governments all round the world, helping them to address the gaps in policy and institutional framework, specifically on modern slavery and human trafficking aggravated by humanitarian crises,” added Mr. Satyarthi to emphasise his commitment towards children welfare.