San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum will focus on the work of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi (2014) who has dedicated his life to ending child labor and child trafficking. The Forum will also look at the peace and security implications of and connections between human trafficking, migration, refugees and climate change.
We encourage anyone who would like to peacebuild to join us as a delegate for this important international opportunity. #peaceitforward
2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum Programme
End Child Slavery Now!
Let Us March!
Let us Globalize Compassion!
Advancing the Work of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi
Nobel Peace Prize Lecture
Kailash Satyarthi — Oslo (2014)
“Friends! We live in an age of rapid globalisation. We are connected through high-speed Internet. We exchange our goods and services in one single global market, thousands of flights connect us from one corner to another corner of the globe. But there is one serious disconnect, and that is a lack of compassion.
Let us inculcate and transform this individuals’ compassion into a global compassion. Let us globalise compassion.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “If we are to teach real peace in this world . . . we shall have to begin with the children.” I humbly add, let us unite the world through the compassion for our children.
I ask: Whose children are they who stitch footballs, yet have never played with one? Whose children are they who harvest cocoa, yet have never tasted chocolate?
Whose children are they who are kidnapped and held hostage? They are all our children.
I remember an eight-year-old girl we rescued from intergenerational forced labour from stone quarries. And she was sitting in my car right after her rescue she asked:
“Why didn’t you come earlier?”
Her angry question still shakes me—and has the power to shake the whole world. Her question is for all of us. What are we doing? What are we waiting for? How many girls will we allow to go without rescue?
Children are questioning our inaction and watching our actions. We need collective actions with a sense of urgency. Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters.
Therefore, I challenge the passivity and pessimism surrounding our children. I challenge this culture of silence, this culture of neutrality.
I call upon all the governments, intergovernmental agencies, businesses, faith leaders, workers, teachers and NGOs, and each one of us, to put an end to all forms of violence against children. Slavery, trafficking, child marriages, child labour, sexual abuse, and illiteracy: these things have no place in any civilised society.
Friends, we can do this.”
Mr. Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize for his “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Children must go to school and not be financially exploited. In the poor countries of the world, 60% of the present population is under 25 years of age. It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected. In conflict-ridden areas in particular, the violation of children leads to the continuation of violence from generation to generation.”
According to current global estimates, based on data from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Bank, “168 million children aged 5 to 17 are engaged in child labour”. Some 120 million among them are below the age of 14, while a further 30 million children in this age group — mostly girls — perform unpaid household chores within their own families. In addition, millions of children suffer in the other worst forms of child labour, including slavery and slavery-like practices such as forced and bonded labour and child soldiering, sexual exploitation, or are used by adults in illicit activities, including drug trafficking.
Child labour spans various sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, quarrying and mining, and domestic service. Often, it is hidden from the public eye. For example, the estimated 15.5 million child domestic workers worldwide — mostly girls — are often hardly visible and face many hazards.
Climate disruption degrades both natural and institutional life support systems, undermining the human condition. It destabilizes communities, economies, and nation states, subjecting all people to degraded conditions — regardless of class, wealth or ethnic background. As we see in many situations across the world today, these pressures can lead to conflict, migration and a resulting tragic expansion of human trafficking and slavery.
The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum will be held at the Radisson Blu Bloomington Hotel. A limited number of discounted delegate rooms are available using the following link: Click here to reserve your room.
- Use discount code ACNPPF to get the discounted delegate rate.
Every Minute Matters:
Up Close & Personal Conversations with Kailash Satyarthi
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi will kick off the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum by engaging in a live-streamed global conversation with Forum delegates and youth around the world. He will then join leaders and experts on issues related to child slavery in conflict and commercial sexual exploitation.
Smaller delegate dialogue sessions will led by members of Kailash Satyarthi’s organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, the Kailash Satyarthi Foundation, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Arctic explorer and photographer David Thoreson, young leaders involved in countering violent extremism and more.
- Welcome and Introduction to the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Scenes from Kailash Satyarthi’s Bal Ashram.
- Laureate Address and Interactive Global Q & A: Conversation with Kailash Satyarthi.
- Commercial Sexual Exploitation & Child Slavery: Conversation with Kailash Satyarthi and experts.
- Soldiers, Servants and Blood Minerals: Child Slavery & Conflict – Conversation with Kailash Satyarthi and experts.
Conversations with Kailash Satyarthi & International Business & Policy Leaders
Kailash Satyarthi will engage with global corporate leaders on what corporations can be doing to build peace as well as to stop and prevent child slavery in different sectors such as Transportation (hotels; airlines), Mining (Mica, conflict minerals), Agriculture, and Clothing/Textiles.
The latter part of the day will focus on how the climate system translates our everyday actions into powerful impacts on the lives of people around the world. Climate disruption degrades both natural and institutional life support systems, undermining the human condition — leading to conflict, migration and a resulting tragic expansion of human trafficking and slavery.
Smaller delegate dialogue sessions will led by members of Kailash Satyarthi’s organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, the Kailash Satyarthi Foundation, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, young leaders involved in sustainability and environmental efforts, the fashion industry, and more.
- Scenes from Bal Ashram: Welcome and session with DearWorld’s Robert Fogarty who will screen scenes and a film from Kailash Satyarthi’s/Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) rehabilitation center for rescued child bonded labourers.
- Freedom from Fear, Freedom from Want: The roles business can play in promoting and building stronger, more sustainable economies, communities and fundamental human freedoms.
- Climate Ethics after Paris: Intergenerational Equity, Global Cooperation, and Responsible Enterprise: The Paris Agreement brings 195 nations into a collaborative framework and cites intergenerational equity as a principle for legitimate climate action. This could mean a new baseline for international law: actions that project harm and degradation into the future must be avoided. Global Youth have a right to a sustainable future.
- Threat Multiplier: Climate Change and the Surge of Migrants and Refugees to Europe: How climate disruption affects the viability of the civil state, the dignity of the human condition, and risk areas for major conflict, and the relationship between these dynamics and the worsening global refugee crisis.
Conversations with Kailash Satyarthi & Global Leaders on Advocacy, Laws & Governance
Kailash Satyarthi and his team will engage with national and global leaders in discussing innovative ways governments are combatting trafficking and ways governments are dealing with child labor/trafficking issues in times of crisis. Religious leaders from different faiths will also join Kailash Satyarthi on stage to discuss the roles religious leaders can play in helping to end human and child slavery. A high-level guest leader will close the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum.
Smaller delegate dialogue sessions will be led by members of Kailash Satyarthi’s organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, the Kailash Satyarthi Foundation, the United Nations, Minnesota Global, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, young leaders involved in combatting human slavery and exploitation, and more.
- Focus on Governance: Kailash Satyarthi and his team will engage with national and global leaders in discussing innovative ways governments are combatting trafficking and dealing with child labor/trafficking issues in times of crisis.
- Focus on Religious Leadership: Religious leaders from different faiths will also join Kailash Satyarthi on stage to discuss the roles religious leaders can play in helping to end human and child slavery.
- Focus on Law: National Secretary of Bachpan Bachao Andolan and other experts will engage in discussion on using law as a tool for social change and issues related to defining child labor, justice and enforcement.
- Reports from the Field – A Conversation with Global March and the International Labor Organization: The Global March Against Child Labour is a worldwide network of trade unions, teachers’ and civil society organisations working together towards the shared development goals of eliminating and preventing all forms of child labour and ensuring access by all children to free, meaningful and good quality public education. It mobilises and supports its constituents to contribute to local, national, regional and global efforts and support for a range of international instruments relating to the protection and promotion of children’s rights and engages with the United Nations, international and inter-governmental agencies.
- Conversation between Bhuwan Ribhu and Kailash Satyarthi: A one-on-one personal conversation between Kailash Satyarthi and the National Secretary of Bachpan Bachao Andolan – who is also the son of Kailash Satyarthi.
- High Level Leader Last Speaker to Close Forum with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi
“What are we waiting for?”
“What are you waiting for?”
“Friends, we can do this.”
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Nobel Peace Prize Forum
Under the auspices of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum inspires peacemaking by focusing on the work of Nobel Peace Prize winners and leading international peacemakers and peacebuilders.
One key criteria set out by Alfred Nobel for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize is for the holding and promotion of “Peace Congresses”. The Forum is shaped from this vision. For over 27 years, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum has been one of only three programs officially associated with the Norwegian Nobel Institute (the two others are the Nobel Peace Prize Center and the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo).
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum provides an important, highly visible international platform for advancing the work of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. By bringing together laureates, leaders in government, business, academia and civil society to think together and take action – the Forum advances dialogue around drivers of conflict, emerging threats to peace and security, and situations that may have fallen off the international radar.
The Forum focuses on five key areas critical to sustainable peacemaking and peace-building, with an aim to advance dialogue and action on:
2. Poverty Reduction and Food Security
3. Environmental Sustainability
4. Human Rights
5. Global Health Systems
These core areas are also explored through a set of crosscutting issues including gender, inter-religious dialogue and education. The catalytic work of the Forum is continued throughout the year by the “PeaceitForward Campaign”.