In 2015, Ariel Foundation
International (AFI) broke new ground in several international areas for
children and youth.
March and June 2015, AFI and Ariana-Leilani Children's Foundation held
the first Children’s Human Rights Summit at the United Nations on
Children’s Rights Summit (Report
and the second Children’s Summit at the UN On Promoting Peace (Video,
report), and in October, the third Summit Children Summit on Promoting
Human Rights (Video,
report to come
May, Youth leaders from 18-29 through our AFI Changemakers Summits
conducted important groundbreaking work at the World Health Assembly (Report
In November, pioneering work continued at Changemakers at the UK
Parliament with Julie Ward, MEP as Chair (report to come).
In December the Changemakers submitted an official statement to the UN
Right to Development (Statement).
and UN Committees:
AFI Children’s human rights team gave a
report to come
on their experiences at the conference on children as actors
transforming society (CATS) to Members of the European Parliament,
while our young adult team attended the UN Committee on Discrimination
in Geneva (report).
EP Oberver Status
: At the end of December AFI was given observer status at
the European Parliament in Brussels.
Looking Forward to
2016 we plan to continue our pioneering work with empowering and
opening doors for children with a summit on “children human rights for
all” in March, a Changemakers Summit on Human Rights in June, children
at CATS in July/August, and finally Changemakers Summit for
the 25th Anniversary to the Right to Development. In
addition’ we will continue to support children and youth to realize
their rights to participate fully in society regardless of the country
in which they are born or their socio-economic status.
Happy New Year!