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Spirit of the UN Award

Our engagement in creating a better world for all children is aimed at saving their lives, alleviating their suffering and maintaining their sacred human dignity.Now this is a task that may appear daunting…but this noble award that I have received today,reminds me of the inspiring words of a wise woman who once told me Fred…you may not change the whole world...but you can change the whole world for one child at a time.
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ECP Director's Statement - IDEP 2019

“Together we can end child poverty worldwide” This phrase carries weight more than just the words. Children suffer the largest burden of poverty[1]; that is in plain numbers, of the 1.3 billion people who are poor, 663 million are children and 428 million of them are under the age of 10. Despite this, at Arigatou International, we are always convicted that indeed, if we come together, we can eliminate child poverty.

As we join the world today in commemorating this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP), we find it fitting to affirm this conviction. IDEP for us is not only a moment for advocacy, reflection and action against poverty but also a moment to make the voices and concerns of those living in poverty heard and recognized, while ensuring that the poor, especially children are put in the forefront in the fight against poverty.


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Side Event: Strengthening Partnerships: Faith Actors And Multilateral Agencies

This side event was sponsored by Arigatou International in collaboration with the Moral Imperative to End Extreme poverty, the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) and Strength In Diversity Development Centre/Farmers Advocacy and Support Initiative, Nigeria (SDDC, Nigeria). The event titled: Strengthening Partnerships Between Faith Actors and Multilateral Agencies to Achieve Better Development Outcomes, took place during the annual meetings of the World Bank and the IMF on 15 October 2019, in Washington D.C, United States of America. The event aimed to make case for securing better outcomes for poverty alleviation, revitalizing partnerships and strategic synergies between faith actors and multilateral agencies, to achieve development; thereby resulting in advocacy actions by faith actors.
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African Youth SDGs Summit Outcome Statement

We the African youth participating in the 2nd African Youth SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) summit, having gathered in Accra, Ghana from the 7th to 9th November 2018, to collectively discuss, connect and advocate for partnering to move from policy to action in the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063, declare the following resolutions.

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - Director's Statement

Today, as the world commemorates the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) under the theme “Coming Together With Those Furthest Behind To Build An Inclusive World Of Universal Respect For Human Rights And Dignity,” it is imperative to remember that, despite the significant progress that has been made in reducing extreme poverty, an estimated 1 billion children still live in poverty globally – that is 1 out of every 2 children in the whole world. As we join in the commemorations, it is important that we pause and consider the questions: what does it mean to come together for these children? how do we ensure their inclusion in development? and how do we secure? their right to human dignity, while they are still children?
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The Maputo Protocol

The Maputo Protocol was originally adopted by the “Assembly of the African Union” in Maputo, Mozambique on July 11, 2003. The official document is titled “Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.” The Maputo Protocol is a treaty instrument that is binding on all countries that ratify it. It went into effect in November 2005, after the minimum 15 of the 53 African Union member countries ratified it. As of June 2007, according to the African Union, 43 nations had signed it and 21 had formally ratified it: (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Gambia, Libya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal, Seychelles, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia). Those who ratify the treaty are called “States Parties.”
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The Panama Declaration on Ending Violence Against Children

The causes of violence against children are complex and varied. They include socio-economic causes such as poverty and social exclusion, and many other deeply rooted political, cultural and familial factors. Ending today’s unprecedented violence against children calls for extraordinary and urgent collaboration among religious and spiritual communities, UN agencies, international and multilateral organizations, governments, civil society, the private sector, media — and, most importantly, with children.This declaration is an affirmation by the participants during the forum in fulfilling their pledge in taking part to ending Violence against Children.