A child forced to flee his or her home is exposed to tremendous risks and suffering, and prevented from fulfilling their potential. The average time spent in displacement is 17 years. For children, this is their whole childhood. Beyond the immediate impact that this has on children, there are also long-term consequences. When whole generations from countries devastated by conflict are distressed and left behind, it gives way to problems for entire societies. Widespread displacement requires urgent action. While this must be built on political solutions at the source of the problem, it must also include practical solutions for the millions of refugees today. And this can start by providing opportunities for refugee children and opportunities for displaced families to earn a living. There is also great potential in public-private partnerships.
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Under the theme “Mobility & Connectivity: Children’s Rights and Sustainable Business”, Forum attendees were inspired through plenary panels and solution-driven ActionLabs sessions. The Forum highlighted opportunities to advance children’s rights presented by fast technological progress, a young, growing workforce and the expanding travel and tourism in the region and explored how stakeholders could ensure that children’s rights are respected and fulfilled. Read the report!
This year’s Global Child Forum welcomed heads of state and heads of companies, leaders from civil society and learners from across South America and beyond. All came together with the goal of providing the region’s children with the best possible path to productive adulthood. All came together with the belief that the business sector is key to achieving that goal. Nearly 400 delegates gathered in the FIESP building on Avenida Paulista in São Paulo, its soaring modernist architecture a fitting backdrop for tackling a far-reaching children’s rights agenda. Read the Forum report — full of inspiration, ideas for action and case stories.
Sansiri is a leading private real estate company in Thailand with a revenue of $864 million for 2014. The deep dive explores some of the company’s initiatives, such as its educational programs, its corporate structure in regards to sustainability and its work alongside the government and the World Health Organisation to improve health benefits for migrant workers.
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