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
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