Ariel Foundation International Youth
Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Community Service
am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am
If not now, then when?" - Hillel
On 11 December in Geneva, Switzerland, a TEDx stage will open to
showcase remarkable stories of people helping people. Drawn from
Geneva’s myriad of international organizations, you are invited to hear
from innovators, humanitarians, entrepreneurs, scientists and
peacemakers about the impact they are making to find solutions to
today's challenges and shape tomorrow's world. Viewing sites throughout the world.
Changemakers from around the
world came to Geneva to connect with each other and
participate in intense workshops at the United Nations on themes
related to the Right to Development. Outcomes of
workshops were fedback at a high level official UN event. The outcomes
of the Summit provided a framework for the Changemakers platform to
work of UN in 2015. Summit participants became Changemaker
Ambassadors, leaving Geneva inspired and with opportunities to get
involved longer term with our work at the UN.
At the United Nations in Geneva,
Switzerland, an historic Youth Summit on the Right to Development was
convened by the Ariel Foundation International and coordinated by Aha
Design at the United Nations. The UN High Commission for
Human Rights Office of Development staff had actively sought out
opportunities to engage with youth, citizens and leaders of today and
tomorrow. The Youth Summit on the Right to Development provided a rare
opportunity for select young adults to give their views directly to the
UN Working Party on the Right to Development.
Historically, the Youth Summit on the RTD is first time that the youth
had the privilege and responsibility to directly inform the world of
their ideas and views will feed directly into the official UN Working
Party on the Right to Development as part of its own deliberations.
The Youth delegates, and the youth representative speaker, Kevin
Ackermann, also participated in the celebration of the publication of
"Realizing the Right to Development: Essays in Commemoration of 25
Years of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development"
with Mr. Kevin Ackermann, Youth Representative, Ms. Navi Pillay, High
Commissioner for Human Rights, Ambassador Mary Robinson, the former
President of Ireland, Ms. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, the Director of the
YWCA, Ambassador George Abi-Saab, and Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam.
The Summit was convened by Dr. Ariel King, President of the Ariel
Foundation International and coordinated by Mr. Iman Fadai of Aha