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UNICEF Activate Talks: Child Rights and Disabilities

The latest in the UNICEF Activate Talk Series, bringing together innovators, experts and activists across the world to discuss how advances in innovation can offer solutions to global challenges affecting children.


 June 10 2014, 13:30–15:00 - UNICEF Activate Talk to discuss how innovative approaches can help to promote child rights
Femi Oke (CNN, Al Jazeera) – Moderator
Saba Ismael (Pakistan), Executive Director of Aware Girls
Erik Martin (USA), game designer and student at the University of Maryland
Chernor Bah (Sierra Leone), youth advocate and leader, and former refugee
Sofia Garcia (Spain), facilitator of working group for ‘Major Group of Children and Youth’
 WHERE:  United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 2 (UN accreditation needed) and live-streamed on http://talk.unicef.org

The Activate Talk will explore “Innovative Approaches to Advocate for Child Rights” and will discuss whether it’s possible for youth and children to have their voices heard in their societies. This Activate Talk is a side event to “Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the post-2015 Development Agenda”- a high-level event convened by the President of the General Assembly on June 9-10. 

NB: All journalists who wish to attend this Activate Talk must apply for UN credentials. Please visit: http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/

June 13 2014, 10:00-11:30 - UNICEF Activate Talk to discuss the intersection of innovation, stigma and discrimination for people with disabilities.
Lucy Meyer (USA), Spokesperson for Children with Disabilities, Special Olympics athlete
Ivory Duncan (Guyana), Final Year Student at the University of Guyana
Kartik Sawhney (India), Student at Stanford University
'Crystal' Nguyen Phuong Anh, (Vietnam), runner up, Vietnam’s Got Talent
 WHERE: UNICEF House, Three UN Plaza, East 44th Street between First and Second Avenues and live-streamed on http://talk.unicef.org
This Activate Talk will bring together young people with and without disabilities, in New York for a meeting of the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities. They will explore the intersection of inclusion, stigma, discrimination and innovative approaches to coping with these issues in the context of the post-2015 agenda.


UNICEF has declared 2014 as the Year of Innovation for Equity in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the seminal Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November 2014. 

Throughout 2014 UNICEF is convening a series of “Activate Talks” which will bring together change-makers from all walks of life to rethink and rework how we can deliver results for the most vulnerable and marginalized children.  To broaden the dialogue we invite all visitors to the site to get involved in the discussions and debates and to share their views and experiences of innovation for children.

Other Activate talks have been held in Uganda, Boston, Indonesia, San Francisco, and Zimbabwe. Learn about upcoming talks at http://talk.unicef.org


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. 

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For more information, please contact:

Rita Ann Wallace, UNICEF New York, Tel: + 1 212 326-7586, Mobile: +1 917 213-4034, rwallace@unicef.org

Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, Tel: +1 212 326 7448, Mobile: +1 917 209-1804, nmekki@unicef.org





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