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DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

LUMBINI, NEPAL, 11-12 MARCH 2024

The two-day Summit, held under the auspices of the Provincial Government of Lumbini Province and the Government of Nepal, will bring together committed participants from around the world to end child exploitation. It will combine inspirational plenary sessions, informative small-group breakout sessions, and solution-focused roundtable dialogues, all working for the delivery of the rights of marginalised children and vulnerable communities. 

ABOUT THE 2024 SUMMIT

Development and peace go hand in hand, as do inequality and instability. As the UN has stated, and the world community reaffirmed with their commitment to the SDGs, “there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.” Peace is much more than the absence of war; it is the creation of an environment that ensures all human beings fulfil their potential in dignity and equality. 

 

During the first four years of the SDGs, the world became $12 trillion richer, yet this prosperity was not shared - resulting in more children forced into extreme poverty and exploitation. Therefore, the Summit will focus on scaled and accelerated efforts to achieve the SDGs for children; addressing the structural causes of child labour, slavery, and trafficking; child marriage; and access to quality education. Highlighting strategies or efforts that have been successful in the past, the Summit will delve into what can be accelerated through globalising compassion, what is currently missing and the role that government, business, technology, media, academia, faith leaders and individuals can play. 

The Summit, Laureates and Leaders for Children: Development and Peace, will showcase Nepal’s evolution to democracy and will issue a declaration encompassing commitments, charting a course of action to ensure every child is safe, free, and educated. In addition, the declaration will reaffirm that without protecting marginalised communities, sustainable and inclusive economic development cannot take place in any society.

 

The 2024 Summit is being held under the auspices of the Provincial Government of Lumbini Province and the Government of Nepal. Summit participants will have the opportunity to take full advantage of the host city, Lumbini, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to several Buddhist holy locations, visits to which will be incorporated into the Summit.

The Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit is invitation only. If you have received an invitation, please use the link you were sent to register.

If you would like to register your interest in participating, please use the link below. Please note that a registration of interest is not a guarantee of participation.

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