Nearly 25 years ago, the world made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential.

This year, as we approach the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), there is much to celebrate: from declining infant mortality, to rising school enrolment, to better opportunities for girls.

In spite of the overall gains, there are many children who have fallen even further behind. Old challenges have combined with new problems to deprive many children of their rights and the benefits of development.

To meet these challenges, and to reach those children who are hardest to reach, we need new ways of thinking and new ways of doing.

Recognizing this, UNICEF has declared 2014 as the Year of Innovation for Equity – to focus the world’s attention on showcasing and developing innovative solutions for children’s well-being.  Throughout 2014 UNICEF will convene a series of “Activate Talks” which will bring together change makers from all walks of life to rethink and rework how we can deliver results for the most vulnerable and marginalized children.

The talks will take place throughout 2014, and will be live-streamed or broadcast on this innovation web portal. To broaden the dialogue we invite all visitors to the site to get involved in the discussions and debates and to share their views and experiences of innovation for children.