Ariel Foundation International
Ariel Foundation International Mourns Loss of
Ambassador Radifera, Distinguished Member of Board
It is with deep regret and sorrow that the Ariel Foundation International board and community mourns the passing of its long standing member and contributor, Ambassador Radifera. He served to better the lives of children and youth in the world. Please view and sign the family guestbook at www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com
World AIDS Day: Keep the Promise to Children and Youth
RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT YOUTH SUMMIT
AT THE UNITED NATIONS, GENEVA
4 DECEMBER 2013
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Youth are todays leaders and the next generation of families,
policy makers and economic actors, with the consequent
responsibility for responding to the many challenges facing humanity.
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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 Design.
United Nations 24th Human Rights Council Side Event:
International Youth Leadership on the Right to Development
13 September 2013
AFI and NAWO and co-sponsors: WYWCA, ISE, IAC-CWH and GeoEUROPE, sponsored the UN 24th Human Rights council event at the UN in Geneva, on September 13, 2013. The event was a huge success, with many youth participants who immersed themselves in the issues of human rights.
Semester at Sea At the UN Coordinated by Dr. Ariel King AFI President
AFI partners Institute for Shipboard Education / Semester at Sea in historic held a youth engagement at the 24th Human Rights Council, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva
ROAD TO CHANGE: A 10,000 MILES WALK ACROSS EUROPE
Walk to Stop the Silence: Stop Sexual Abuse
Mathew is walking to 27 countries and 31 capital cities for one cause:
Stop the Slience and Stop Sexual Abuse.
Dr. Ariel King of AFI, Matt McVarish, Dr. Pamela Pines of Stop the Silence, and Alex McGrotty (bagpiper) kick off the multi-country, multi-city, walk on May 31, 2013 in London
Road to Change from Matthew on Vimeo.
Dr. Ariel King, an internationally recognized children's human rights advocate, the President of Ariel Foundation International and the Ariana-Leilani Children's Foundation International was an invited keynote speaker for "International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression," at an event on "Children in Conflict – “Peace for upcoming Generations” at the United Nations Palais des Nations, Geneva on 5 June 2013. Dr. King's innovative Music Video Presentation can be watched here. Dr. King, who also actively includes AFI Young Associates in her various activities, was joined by Ms.Elena Alldendorfer from Germany, an AFI Younth Associated from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Ms. Allendorf's short presentaion highlighted a view from the youth, our leaders today and tomorrow.
Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, Chairman of ICHR and IHRAAM’s Permanent Representative to the UN; Dr Ariel R. King, Permanent Representative to the UN, President of Ariel Foundation International and Ariana-Leilani Children's Foundation, and a Children's human rights advocate; Ms Lotte Claessens, child protection specialist; Dr Krishna Ahoojapatel, Permanent Representative of (WILPF) Womens International League of Peace & Freedom to the UN; Ambassador Ronald Barnes, Permanent Representative of Indigenous Peoples and Nations Coalition to the UN and Prof Nazir Ahmad Shawl, Chairman of International Chamber for Peace and Conciliation were among the speakers
WORLD AIDS DAYS, DECEMBER 2012
Keep the Promise
UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF TOLLERANCE CELLEBRATED IN ST. PETERSBURG ; RUSSIA
Dr. Ariel King, President of the Ariel Foundation International was invited by Youth for Human Rights to St. Petersburg ; Russia to be the featured educator from 15-17 December, and speaker for UN International Day of Tolerance Celebrations on 18 November 2012.
Dr. Kings trip included training youth human rights educator volunteers ; giving a presentation at a local school (639) with an emphasis on global and international citizenship education and a presentation to youth from, six area schools at the Youth Center of the St Petersburg Nevsky Region.
his event received much media, including online news and a local television report. Dr. King was also interviewed by journalist of TKT-TV and the Social TV.
Dr. King also participated in a street event on Mayala Sandovaya Street to educate the public about the human right No 1 ; the right to life and the other 34 human rights in the United Nations Convention on Human Rights.
Dr. King also met with government officials including the director of youth affairs department in St Petersburg ; Nevsky region administration ; the director of the education department in St Petersburg Nevsky region administration offices ; the director of the youth center "Nevsky."
Overall the human rights activities for youth leadership and community service for AFI and the youth of St. Petersburg was a great success.
UN International Day of the Girl Child
October 11, 2012
Video interviews on the UN International Day of the Girl Child by the Ariel Foundation International, with an introduction by Dr. Ariel King, President of Ariel Foundation International, http://www.arielfoundation.org featuring:
1) Elly Pradervand - Women’s World Summit Foundation (http://www.wwsf.ch) is active for the past 30 years in the field of education for development and advocacy for women and children’s rights. In 1991, Pradervand founded the Women’s World Summit Foundation - Fondation Sommet Mondial des Femmes - a Swiss Foundation and humanitarian, non-governmental, not-for-profit, non-confessional, international organization with United Nations consultative status ECOSOC, UNFPA, DPI.
2) Ambassador Collette Samoya, Founder & President, the peace organization Bangwe and Dialogue (http://www.bangwe-dialogue.org). Former Burundian Ambassador to the UN. She is one of the 1000 peace women candidates proposed for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005. She is the coordinator and founder of Bangwe and Dialogue, a peace organization. Colette Samoya is a pioneer. Politically active even in her student days, she was elected to parliament between 1982 and 1987, one of only two women. From 1992 to 1994 she served as Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, where she dedicated herself to the defense of human rights. She headed the Union des Femmes Burundaises, and in 1998 she founded the peace organization Bangwe and Dialogue.
3) Marylou McPhedran, Canadian feminist lawyer, consultant and activist., at UN Population Fund, is a Canadian feminist lawyer, consultant and activist. Her archival records document her work and activities in the areas of constitutional reform, women's national and international rights, women's health, and violence against women and children. Included in the are materials relating to McPhedran’s seminal work to ensure that women were included in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as materials relating to her activities on behalf of the Women's Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF), as well as on the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence against Women and Children and the Ad Hoc Committee of Canadian Women on the Constitution.
4) Ireneo Omositson Namboka, International Advisor to the two Co-Chairpersons of the Provisional Commission for Reflection on National Reconciliation, Republic of Guinea, Conakry – on behalf of UNDP and OHCHR. He served with the United Nations for 15 years until retirement June, 2010. A former Ugandan diplomat for 13 years, Mr. Namboka participated in three United Nations peacekeeping operations: Haiti, Rwanda and Liberia. He was Desk Officer for Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia at the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) HQ, Geneva (1998/2003. He was the Regional Programme Officer for the Southern Africa (SADC) regional office of OHCHR in Pretoria from February 2003 to June 2004. In July 2004 Mr. Namboka joined the United Nations Department for Peacekeeping (DPKO) in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as the Protection Advisor and served till June 2010.
The United Nation Human Rights Council Social Forum Side Event -
The Worlds Youth Advocating for Social Change
Geneva, October 2, 2012
An energetic group of future leaders gathered in the Palais des Nations of the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. There were introductions by Dr. Ariel King (in English) and Johanne Bouchard Neff (in French), followed by a panel discussion with the energetic future leaders from organizations and NGOs, including Ms. Bia Albernaz Rocha de Oliveira (Brazil) Intern at UNHCR ‐ The UN Refugee Agency, Mr. Eunchang Jun (Korea) Students Rights Association, Ms. Ashlyn Dunkley, (USA) Intern, Worldwide Organization of Women, Mr. Konark Rai (India), consultant, International Labour Organization, Representative (Switzerland) of College Saint Croix.
The side event was sponsored by Ariel Foundation International and College Sainte‐Croix College (Fribourg, Switzerland). In cooperation with Worldwide Organization of Women (WOW), The Girl Child Network Worldwide.
AFI is a sponsor of the
9TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS SUMMIT 2012
Brussels, Belgium; September 7-9, 2012
AFI Presentation to International Human Rights Summit 2012
AFI is a sponsor of The 9th Annual International Human Rights Summit 2012 will be hosted in Brussels (Bruxelles), Kingdom of Belgium, from September 7th to 9th. The purpose of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is to teach youth around the world about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace. The summit will bring youth delegates from around the world together to discuss human rights and the important role of Human Rights Education.
Ariel Foundation International Partners
with Army of Angels to Beating Child Abuse Along with the Drums
August 19-26, 2012)
August 19th-26th with Guinness Record Holder Russ Prager, will be playing the drum for over a week straight. Ariel Foundation International Children and Youth will have events in various countries to support "Beating Child Abuse and the Drums" More information
AFI Sponsored Projects for 2012:Various countries: Ariana-‐Leilani Children’s Foundation International-‐
Coordinator: Dr. Ariel King
Project: Children’s Human Rights Through Primary Education Art & Literacy
Prince Gboneh, BSc.
REPORT ON GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY OBSERVED IN LIBERIA FROM APRIL 22-23, 2012
Global Youth service Day in Liberia Gardnersville, Somalia Drive was observed from April 22-23, 2012. There were two community youth group observing the days (Progressive Youth for Development and Education and United Youth Association) with me Prince Gboneh. Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) was observed with 300 young people ages ranging from 7yrs to 26 yrs of age. On the morning of April 22, we observed the day from 8:00am to 4:00pm in the evening. We visited the Richard C. Hunter School Junior and Senior High School and the Well Hairston School Senior High School in the community were we had workshop with students concerning the theme/ project” AIDS, A SLOW KILLER” on GYSD. We had interaction with students on contraction, Prevention, Care, Treatment and Drugs. We had beautiful/ colorful event. It is off our conviction that students in these institutions have widened their knowledge on HIV/AIDS.
On the morning of April 23, we observed GYSD in the community. The day was observed from 8:00 am to 4:00pm. I had two youth organizations making up a group of two. Each group with 10 persons. We went from one community household to another informing them about Global Youth Service Day Theme “AIDS, A SLOW KILLER” how we as community people can minimize the spread of AIDS. The two days was climax with refreshment which was provided by me. Rice and Mineral water
Please see attached photos and video of GYSD in Liberia.
Submitted by Prince Gboneh
AFI Coordinator- Liberia
Coordinators: Lollies Sazuka
Zambia. Coordinator: Clyde Milimo
Clyde Milimo, an AFI Coordinator in Zambia is helping in changing people's lives
here in Zambia through HIV & entrepreneurship Skills that he acquired from YouthIT Zambia
Project that AFI was a partner
France, Coordinator: Madeleine Bolly
Cameroon, Coordinator: Phillip Tah Fon
Ghana. Coordinator: Anthony Akwasi Amankwah
Nigeria. Coordinator: Dr Nneka Amalachukwu Orakwue
South Africa, Coordinator: Beauty Ncube
Zimbabwe, Coordinator: Sr. Gaudiosa Chirambaguwa
AFI World AIDS Day 2011 Events With Partners
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