Global Child Forum
on South America:
Investing in Every Child

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Global Child Forum
on South America

A Forum to identify opportunities for business to invest in children and contribute to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals in South America.

In the presence of

Their  Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
and
Their Excellencies President Michel Temer and Mrs Marcela Temer of Brazil

The Global Child Forum on South America, in collaboration with UNICEF and Childhood Brasil,  will convene today’s foremost leaders for a day of dialogue, knowledge and action around children’s rights. We will push the conversation forward by identifying opportunities for how business can create value to society and their bottom line, as well as reduce inequalities, by investing in children’s well-being, health and safety.

South America is one of the world’s economic strongholds, attracting both companies and investors. This region, however, is also one of the most inequitable. This inequality not only prevents children from enjoying their rights, but is also a key obstacle for sustainable development and economic growth. The Global Child Forum comes at an important time when the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Agenda 2030 are in early stages of development.  This year’s Forum is a rallying cry for business to address some of the toughest issues of our time – the challenge of building a sustainable future of our children.

Read more about the opportunities to invest in every child here

If you have the potential to contribute to creating positive change for the region’s children, and hope to be among the 350 regional leaders from business, government, civil society and academia taking part in the day, please contact:  SAM@globalchildforum.org.  The Forum is by invitation only.

Kindly note that the official language of the Forum is English.

Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and Portuguese will also be available for some sessions.

This page will be continuously updated with information and news on the programme, speakers and other relevant information. 

Speakers

A cross-section of business, sustainability, and global leaders will share their creative ideas and practical solutions for investing in every child and contributing to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals in South America.

Mr Luis Alberto Moreno

President, Inter-American Development Bank

Mr Luis Alberto Moreno is the President of the Inter-American Development Bank since 2005. With a distinguished career in the public and private sectors, he has served as Colombia’s Ambassador to the United States and Minister of Economic Development of Colombia. He has received numerous distinctions, including Colombia’s highest honor, the Grand Cross of the Order of Boyacá, and the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Public Service.

Ms Clara López Obregón

Minister of Labour of Colombia

Ms Clara López Obregón, Colombia’s Minister of Labour, has had a distinguished career in the public sector and academia. She has served as Economic Secretary of the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia, President of the Bogotá District Council and Mayor of Bogotá. Ms López Obregón was the presidential candidate for the Party Polo Democrático Alternativo. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics and a degree in law from the University of the Andes.

Ms Marta Santos Pais

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children

Ms Marta Santos Pais is the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children. As a high level global independent advocate, she promotes children’s protection from violence in all settings, acting as a bridge builder in all regions, being strongly committed to mobilizing action and political support to this goal, including the framework of Agenda 2030. She has authored a number of human rights and children’s rights publications.

Mr Per Heggenes

Chief Executive Officer, IKEA Foundation

Mr Per Heggenes is the CEO of IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Swedish home furnishings company, IKEA. Mr Heggenes drives the Foundation’s funding and innovation strategies, and is a tireless advocate for children’s rights. Since becoming the Foundation’s first CEO in 2009, Mr Heggenes has presided over the Foundation’s evolution into a global, grant-making philanthropy that funds programs in over 35 countries.

Ms Carolina Medina

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Agruppa

Ms Carolina Medina is a social entrepreneur from Colombia. She is the CEO and Co-founder of Agruppa, a startup that leverages mobile phones and economies of scale to optimize the fruit and vegetable supply chain between the farm and the mom-and-pop shops in the cities. Ms Medina is a Global Shaper (a World Economic Forum initiative) and a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ms María Cristina Perceval

UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and Caribbean

Ms María Cristina Perceval, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and Caribbean, has been a human rights advocate for over 30 years and has done extensive work aimed at safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable. She has served as Permanent Representative of the Mission of Argentina to the United Nations from2012 – 2015, Undersecretary for Human Rights, Argentina from 2010-2012, Member of the Mercosur Parliament, and has chaired the Commission on Equality, Gender, Children and Youth and Senator of the Republic.

Mr Paul J. Sistare

Founder and Chairman, Atlantica Hotels International

Mr Paul J. Sistare has over 40 years’ experience as an international hospitality executive. He is the Founder and Chairman of Atlantica Hotels International, based in São Paulo, Brazil, which is the largest privately held hospitality company in Latin America and ranked in the top 50 largest hotel companies globally. Atlantica is the largest financial partner of Childhood Brasil and was the first, and only, international hotel company to adopt the Brazil “code of conduct” to address child abuse.

Mr Douglas Woods

Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group Brazil

Mr Douglas Woods is a core member of the Healthcare, the Consumer and the Strategy practices at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Brazil. Responsible for BCG’s Social Impacts initiatives, he has led efforts in the sustainability and education fields. Since joining BCG in 1998, he has accumulated experience across a range of functional topics, including business and portfolio strategy, growth, commercial excellence, corporate sustainability, M&A, and post-merger integrations.


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Featuring inspiring speakers, plenary panels and interactive ActionLab sessions, the Forum provides companies with leading insight and tools on how they best can advance children’s rights and manage related risks in their operations and supply chain.

If you would like to discuss being involved as a sponsor or partner, please contact Ms Jenny Fredby at jenny.fredby@globalchildfroum.org

For all media inquiries please contact Ms Linda Lodding at linda.lodding@globalchildforum.org

 

ActionLabs

Global Child Forum’s ActionLabs provide a space for collaborative, thought-provoking work. In these moderated sessions, delegates will engage in some of the most pressing challenges facing children today with the idea of generating actions to confront these challenges.

ActionLab 1: Safeguarding Children’s Rights in the Value Chain

Companies have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children throughout their operations and value chain. This ActionLab will showcase business cases from the region and practices where children’s rights have been addressed and respected in the value chain. Delegates in this session will discuss how companies can safeguard children’s rights in their operations and manage different children’s rights challenges.

ActionLab 2: Responsible Marketing, Products and Services: Keeping children safe online and offline

Children and youth comprise a large consumer group. Business has a great opportunity to positively impact children’s wellbeing and development through their products, services and targeted marketing activities. It’s therefore crucial that companies understand how to identify, manage and mitigate related risks. In this session we will underscore the importance of responsible marketing, products and services aimed at children and point towards concrete opportunities to keep children and young people safe online and offline.

ActionLab 3: Ensuring Safe Environments for Children

South America, rich in natural resources, has a strong commodity-driven export economy and is experiencing an increase in large infrastructure projects. This brings with it a rise of competition for valuable resources, land, forests, and rivers, at times fueling tension and conflicts. In these situations, children are particularly vulnerable and at risk of being subject to exploitation, abuse and violence. By sharing examples of company best practices, this session will discuss the responsibilities and opportunities of different stakeholders to ensure that the impacts of their operations do not have an adverse effect on children’s wellbeing.

ActionLab 4: The Children’s Rights and Business Atlas – A tool for responsible business

Responsible companies know that integrating a children’s rights perspective into their due diligence systems is increasingly important in order to mitigate their risk and create value for society. Yet, understanding where to start in this process can be daunting. The objective of this ActionLab is to introduce the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas and present how it can be leveraged as an interactive tool by companies and other stakeholders to help identify risks related to business operations around the world. Browse the Atlas here: www.childrensrightsatlas.org.

ActionLab 1: Safeguarding Children’s Rights in the Value Chain

Companies have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children throughout their operations and value chain. This ActionLab will showcase business cases from the region and practices where children’s rights have been addressed and respected in the value chain. Delegates in this session will discuss how companies can safeguard children’s rights in their operations and manage different children’s rights challenges.

ActionLab 2: Responsible Marketing, Products and Services: Keeping children safe online and offline

Children and youth comprise a large consumer group. Business has a great opportunity to positively impact children’s wellbeing and development through their products, services and targeted marketing activities. It’s therefore crucial that companies understand how to identify, manage and mitigate related risks. In this session we will underscore the importance of responsible marketing, products and services aimed at children and point towards concrete opportunities to keep children and young people safe online and offline.

ActionLab 3: Ensuring Safe Environments for Children

South America, rich in natural resources, has a strong commodity-driven export economy and is experiencing an increase in large infrastructure projects. This brings with it a rise of competition for valuable resources, land, forests, and rivers, at times fueling tension and conflicts. In these situations, children are particularly vulnerable and at risk of being subject to exploitation, abuse and violence. By sharing examples of company best practices, this session will discuss the responsibilities and opportunities of different stakeholders to ensure that the impacts of their operations do not have an adverse effect on children’s wellbeing.

ActionLab 4: The Children’s Rights and Business Atlas – A tool for responsible business

Responsible companies know that integrating a children’s rights perspective into their due diligence systems is increasingly important in order to mitigate their risk and create value for society. Yet, understanding where to start in this process can be daunting. The objective of this ActionLab is to introduce the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas and present how it can be leveraged as an interactive tool by companies and other stakeholders to help identify risks related to business operations around the world. Browse the Atlas here: www.childrensrightsatlas.org.

Why should you attend?

"Governments can’t do everything. And traditional charity is not enough. Therefore, the Global Child Forum is about engaging you – the powerful business and finance sector – in creating a more sustainable future."

H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden

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