Nobel Peace Laureate 1996 and former President of the East Timor Jose Ramos-Horta published an article crossposted on both The Huffington Post and TheCommunity.com called “The Missing Priority: Child Safety and Development”.
Please read the article and add your name to tell the UN Secretary General and the President of the UN General Assembly to prioritize children’s rights on the UN agenda this fall.
Some Nobel Laureates who attended the Summit in New Delhi were also present at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogotá, Colombia, earlier this month, as was I.
The direct outcome of our discussions and collective will, as reflected in the final declaration, was the recognition of children’s issues as the key to building pathways to a lasting and sustainable peace. The Nobel laureates emphasized inclusion and financial prioritization of children’s issues and the need for adequate laws and their effective implementation.
They reaffirmed the importance of youth voices in creating policies. In the post-world war era, the impetus has been on international coalitions and technological investments for a resilient and more peaceful world. But the gaps in our economic policies have proliferated child marriage, the number of children out of school, children in exploitative sexual and labor conditions and most of all, the disparity of opportunities between children of different ethnicities, regions and backgrounds.
Besides being an acute moral dilemma, protection of children’s rights is an urgent economic and development priority. International and regional governing bodies must ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated.
Albeit a little late, the protection of the totality of children’s rights is finally gaining momentum at the world stage. And, even more promising is the fact that it is slowly uniting the world.