Children in the Age of Sustainable Development

Date: September 26, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus Rotunda, Low Memorial Library

This World Leaders Forum program features a panel discussion about the future and wellbeing of all children.

Panel Discussion Information:
Children are the common basis for sustainable development but often lack a participatory voice and societal influence. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have proven that raised awareness, leadership, increased investments in Early Childhood Development, basic interventions in health, nutrition, care and protection and partnership with the private sector can prevent millions of children from dying from preventable causes like malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrhea, pneumonia, and famime while providing an opportunity to secure children's wellbeing and development. This discussion seeks to unify the various aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and identify a framework for children's development that underpins many of the targets and indicators under consideration. 

Below is the schedule:

Welcome
Jeffrey D. Sachs, The Earth Institute, Columbia Universityin the City of New York

Keynote Address
HM Queen Silvia of Sweden, World Childhood Foundation and Global Child Forum

Remarks
Alek Wek, Ambassador for the H&M Conscious Foundation
Richard R. Buery Jr.,  Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives, New York City
Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning

Panel Discussion
Core Priority Areas for Children in the Age of Sustainable Development
Seth Berkley, GAVI Alliance
Christine (Stine) Bosse, Millennium Development Goals Advocates
Ambassador Dho Young-Shim, Millennium Development Goals Advocates
Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children
Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University

Remarks
Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO
Yoka Brandt, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF

Panel Discussion
Engaging Stakeholders in a Child-Focused Integrated Approach to Sustainable Development
Per Heggenes, IKEA Foundation
Niclas Kjellström-Matseke, Postcode Lottery Sweden
Irwin Redlener, Program on Child Well-Being and Resilience, The Earth Institute, Columbia University in the City of New York
Helena Thybell, H&M Conscious Foundation

Closing Remarks
Jeffrey D. Sachs, The Earth Institute, Columbia University in the City of New York

Co-sponsored by the The Earth Institute, Global Child Forum, and the Susntainable Development Solutions Network.