Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi along with five global leaders on Sunday made a commitment to end child labour across the world and adopted a ‘Will for Children’ which calls for ending child slavery and violence against minors, among others. The inaugural session of the ‘Laureates and Leaders for Children’ Summit-2016 on Sunday culminated in New Delhi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan with Nobel laureates and leaders greeting President Pranab Mukherjee on his 81st birthday.
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Satyarthi adopted the ‘will for children’ along with 2011 Nobel peace prize winners Tawakkol Karman of Yemen and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, First Lady of Panama and UNAIDS Special Ambassador for AIDS in Latin America Lorena Castillo de Varela, former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard and Organisation for Economic Co- operation and Development (OECD) Secretary-General Angel Gurria of Mexico.
On this occasion, Castillo de Varela lauded the efforts of Satyarthi in eradicating child labour and child slavery, and told reporters that she will make Panama free of child labour in two and half years. The Nobel laureates and world leaders said children have the right to a safe, educated and healthy childhood. “We will use our voices to protect and amplify the voices of millions of girls, boys and young people as equal citizens of today and decision makers of tomorrow. We reaffirm our unshakable belief that the power of change lies in the infinite and untapped capacities of children and young people for activism, to be instrumental in any change in their own environment, community and society,” stated the Will adopted by them. ”
We will take actions and experiences towards concrete efforts to ending child labour in all its forms, including trafficking of children, and abolishing modern day slavery; we will use our voices to increase awareness in society, and encourage processes that will help monitor and uplift the progresses made through relevant and robust metrics.
“We will work towards the goal of high quality inclusive and universal education, with an immediate emphasis on getting children out of child labour and into schools. We will support efforts to prevent and end both violence against children, and their exploitation in acts of violence and terror and in situations of conflict, as a matter of urgency,” the Will added.