African Children's Summit to Address Social Challenges in Johannesburg

Johannesburg to host African Children's Summit in 2024, empowering youth to address social challenges and impact of explosive weapons on children across the continent.

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African Children's Summit to Address Social Challenges in Johannesburg

African Children's Summit to Address Social Challenges in Johannesburg

In August 2024, Johannesburg will host the three-day African Children's Summit, endorsed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The summit will bring together 500 children from various African states to deliberate on the social challenges facing children across the continent. The event aims to empower children and emphasize the importance of investing in the youth for the future of Africa.

The inaugural summit was held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2023, and this year's edition will see children engage with authorities on pressing issues. Anzio Jacobs, Acting Child Safety and Program Manager at the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, which is organizing the event, discussed the unique nature of the summit, as it is run by the children themselves. "The summit will be attended by 500 children from various African states, who will deliberate on social challenges facing children across the continent," Jacobs stated.

Deputy Minister of Social Development Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu has emphasized the importance of including children with disabilities and those in foster care in the planned activities for the summit. The lack of social security for children in most African states is anticipated to be a key issue discussed during the event.

Why this matters: The African Children's Summit serves as a platform for children to voice their concerns and engage with decision-makers on issues that directly impact their lives. By empowering the youth and addressing social challenges, the summit aims to create a brighter future for children across the African continent.

The summit also aims to address the devastating impact of explosive weapons used in populated areas, which have accounted for nearly half of the over 47,500 instances of children killed and maimed globally between 2018 and 2022. UNICEF is calling for all parties to conflict to end the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, for member states to sign and implement the EWIPA Declaration, and for sustained financial support for programs that protect children from these weapons. "The ongoing commitment of global leaders and the implementation of the EWIPA Declaration are critical to turning the tide against the use of explosive weapons and protecting future generations," a UNICEF spokesperson stated.

Key Takeaways

  • Johannesburg to host 3-day African Children's Summit in Aug 2024.
  • Summit to bring 500 children from Africa to discuss social challenges.
  • Aims to empower youth and emphasize investing in Africa's future.
  • Inaugural summit held in Nairobi in 2023, this year's to address pressing issues.
  • UNICEF calls for ending use of explosive weapons, implementing EWIPA Declaration.