When : 29th March 2023|
Time : 6:15pm - 7:30pm|
Advocacy : Clean, safe and sustainable environment
Panelists : • Dr Najat Maalla SRSG Ending Violence Against Children • Dr Adrian Cerezo, ECD-Climate Change Senior Advisor for ECD networks • Dr Rinchen Chophel, SAIEVAC DG & UN CRC Committee Member • Abdullah Lodin, Youth advocate from Afghanistan • Prenusa Pandey, Youth advocate from Nepal • Alisi Rabukawaqa-Nacewa, Youth advocate from Pacific • Mr Cherian Thomas, World Vision Regional Leader, South Asia and Pacific
Voices of Children and Youth in Asia Pacific: Realizing the SDGs through resilience building in early childhood and ending violence against children
Side Event of the 10th Asia-Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development, March 29, 17:15-18.30 GMT+7
In Asia Pacific, the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed progress made and widened inequities on many fronts, including in the areas of early childhood development for the most vulnerable populations and ending child labor of at-risk children. These negative situations are compounded by climate change emergencies, environmental degradation, disasters, gender and disability discrimination. Up to 46 million children are at risk without access to social protection. 65% of children face 4 or more climate and environmental shocks, as compared to the global average of 37% based on UNICEF’s Children Climate Risk Index 2021. Combined, these worsening inequities are hampering attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.
In keeping with this year’s APFSD theme, this joint side event has a specific focus on SDG 17 Partnership. This multi-stakeholder event aims to showcase diverse voices of children and youth in Asia Pacific as we celebrate their agency and solutions to realize the SDGs. It will underscore two key agendas against a backdrop of uncertainties: (1) South Asia Initiative on Ending Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC) to protect the rights of vulnerable children so that none is left behind in the attainment of the SDGs 11 and 17; (2) Resilience building in early childhood by supporting the youngest children (from conception to before primary school age) and their families as a fundamental tool for building community resilience and boost attainment of long-term cross-cutting impact across the full sustainable development agenda.
Key Questions and Outcomes
Through this joint side event, we will examine the following key guiding questions:
Expected outcomes from this multi-stakeholder panel featuring youth voices: