UNICEF Mexico: Innovation Exchange

The latest in the UNICEF Mexico Activate Talk Series will focus on a series of initiatives and projects developed by UNICEF and its partners which aim to support self-expression and elevate youth voices and provide opportunities for participation among young people.

Speaker details:

  • Nadia Baram, Coordinator of the Laboratory of Web Development and Deputy Director of the Digital Center for Contents Culture, will present a collaborative platform called Guiquimi which encourages reflection and dialogue about the implications of being both a creator and consumer of  content in the online world, developed by the Centro de Cultura Digital.
  • Jaime Archundia, Innovation Coordinator at UNICEF Mexico, will present U-Report, a global movement that uses technology which elevates the voices of young people and enables them to discuss the situations in their communities, and to propose and build solutions together. Currently this initiative is present in 16 countries and has the participation of more than one million young people around the world. Mexico is the first country to implement U-Report out of Africa and Southeast Asia.
  • Klaudia Yvonne González Martinez, Deputy Director of International Affairs at CONAPRED, will present #SinTags: Discrimination doesn’t define us, a movement of voluntary participation that aims to show the consequences of hate speech on the Internet, which has become commonplace in the current social dynamics. This campaign seeks to encourage social participation to prevent discrimination and violence in the network.
  • Mariel García Montes, is the Spanish-language coordinator of Voices of Youth, where she supports the content creation processes among youth. “Voices of Youth” is UNICEF’s global community for youth who want to know, do and say more about the world. In general, Mariel works on topics of technology for change with youth and activists.
  • Jorge Lagunas, was one of five finalists in the world in portrait category of the One Minutes Jr initiative in 2010, and Valeria Cárdenas, winner of one of the One Minutes Jr best actress awards who attended the award ceremony in Amsterdam in 2013, will present “The One Minutes Jr”. This is an initiative of UNICEF and the One Minutes Foundation and the European Cultural Foundation that allows young people of 12-20 years old the opportunity to express their opinions and share with the world their ideas, dreams, concerns and points of view. This is done through video workshops which result in one-minute long videos. The initiative is a positive and powerful example of the way visual arts can be used as communication tools to overcome geographical, national, and  cultural boundaries. It is an international initiative involving more than 1,000 young people from 70 countries.

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UNICEF Mexico: initiatives in maternal and child health and early childhood

The latest in the UNICEF Mexico Activate Talk Series, brings together Mexico´s innovators, experts and activists from the NGOs, government, corporate and media to discuss how advances on maternal and child health and early childhood can offer solutions to challenges affecting children in Mexico.

In order to reduce disparities in the fulfillment of child rights related to health and nutrition, UNICEF Mexico Country Office works to provide policy evidence to improve health services, particularly for the most disadvantaged women and children, in two areas:

  • Improving the quality of care provided during labor and the newborn phase
  • Ensuring the right to nutrition by reducing stunting and obesity/overweight rates. The main components of this strategy are the promotion of breastfeeding and generating healthy habits among young children through communication for development activities targeted directly to under-fives.

Speaker details:

  • Claudia Ramos. Publisher for news site Animal Politico – Moderator
  • Isabel Crowley, UNICEF Mexico Representative – Welcome.
  • Eduardo Clark Garcia, Data Director for Development of the Mexico Presidency Office – Prospera Digital, a digital program to impulse maternal and child health.
  • Enrique Majos Ramírez, Director and Executive Director of Trading of Banco Compartamos – Improving my child’s development (Early Child Development Card)
  • Mariana Colmenares, Association of Consultants Certified in Breastfeeding Founder – Presenting breastfeeding video tutorials
  • Patricia Guerra Menéndez, Deputy Director at the Social Security Mexican Institute Foundation -A good start. Early Childhood Development Program.
  • Erika Strand, Chief of Public Policies with UNICEF México – Disney and Sesame Street: Health education initiatives/UNICEF Mexico.

This Activate Talk is an auxiliary event under the first -ever Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City to be held October 18 to 21. This landmark conference will discuss strategies for reaching every mother and newborn with high- quality health care.

NB: All journalists who wish to attend this Activate Talk are welcome, no need of previous register.

UK Activate Talk: Future Learning, Addressing the Need of All Young People

UNICEF UK and Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, invited thought leaders, entrepreneurs, technology experts and UNICEF Innovation Leads to explore some of the key learning challenges in search of a better future for children.

The talk inspired bold ideas and provocative questions that can critically reframe the toughest challenges and discover new opportunities for impact.

For UNICEF, innovation in education can come from technology. But it can also be found in processes, services, programmes and partnerships. To qualify as an innovation in education, UNICEF looks for these criteria:

  • Effectiveness: Does the innovation improve educational opportunities for children most often left behind?
  • Traction: Does it solve a problem; is it easy to use; and does it appeal to stakeholders?
  • Scale: Can it be calibrated for use in multiple contexts while remaining cost effective?


France Activate Talk: Re-imagining the Future, Innovation for Every Child

Aide Mondiale ISC, an international humanitarian student organization from ISC Paris Business School, and UNICEF France organized a conference on March 25th on the theme of innovation in the humanitarian sector. The event aimed to highlight the youth innovation capacity and enhance innovative approaches in line with children rights.

Project leaders presented their projects :

  • Declics et des Trucs: innovative ways to teach math to children.
  • H0P3: A project led by engineering students to create a robot that will travel around the world, transmitting images.
  • Ticket For Change: A movement that seeks to promote social entrepreneurship among young people.
  • Simplon.co: A software development school that offers innovative teaching and fights inequality of opportunity.

Following the presentation, a lively discussion took place with 4 leading figures in the field around the questions below:

  • Mathieu MILLET (Director of Student Businesses and Associations/ Director of Corporate Relations) : how do we integrate the creativity of young people in the private sector? What’s the connection with humanitarian issues?
  • Patrick Poivre d’Arvor (Journalist, author and TV presenter) : As an observer, how do you consider innovation at your level?
  • Pierrette Vu Thi (Former international UNICEF representative) : What changes in terms of governance of humanitarian teams? How does innovation affect the management and impact programs?
  • Sébastien Lyon (General Manager – UNICEF France) : What does  innovation mean? What do you expect of youth?

The Activate Talk was moderated by Lynda Sedoud (UNICEF France) and Timothé Boudhil (Aide Mondiale ISC).

UNICEF Convenes 38 Global Activate Talks on Innovation

Thirty eight Activate Talks took place in 2014 in countries around the world, focusing on innovation for children. The talks addressed a wide range of issues, from low-tech solutions to support abandoned children to the latest in wearable technology and its potential use in promoting child health. The talks culminated in a high-level event held at the United Nations to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

UNICEF Malawi Celebrates 25 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

UNICEF Malawi marked the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child with two events involving experts and youth.

Some of Malawi’s most inspiring speakers gathered on Saturday 15 November for the second edition of TEDxLilongwe, with support from UNICEF Malawi, as part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. As this year marks the 50th anniversary of Malawi Independence, the speakers came up with innovative ideas to help shape the next 50 years. “50/50 Vision” was the theme around which discussions and talks were triggered. Watch highlights from the event here.

List of Speakers: Menes La Plume, Hastings Tchinga, Lily Banda, George Kalukusha, Dr. Perry Jansen, Jamie Stuart, Mark Bennett, Bram Fudzulani, Michael Phoya, Habiba Osman, Patrick Semphere, Bester Mulauzi, Dr. Chomora Mikeka, Dr. Govind Saha, Ulemu Msonthi, Blessings Mwale

On November 16th, a special TEDyouth event was held to recognize the youth bulge in Malawi (young people constitute the majority of Malawians.) In Lilongwe and other cities across the world, remarkable young people had their say under the worldwide theme ‘Worlds imagined’. UNICEF Malawi supported the event, as part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which had “innovation” as its main theme. The young speakers at TEDYouth demonstrated new ways of achieving a future in which all children can exercise their rights. Watch highlights from the event here.

List of speakers: Menes La Plume, Hastings Tchinga, Rachel Edwards, Memory Champiti, Joanna Kachilika, George Kalukusha, Jamie Stuart, Kruger Nyasulu, Stephen Chiunjira, Alinafe Botha, Vitumbiko Kambilonje, Lily Banda, Jaco Jana, Happy Kavalo, Chisomo Daka, Kuyenda

Brazil Activate Talk: ‘Vamos Jogar’: Sports and Play Reimagined for Development

Play in all its forms is the right of every child and it needs to be guaranteed to all children and adolescents. Through ‘Vamos Jogar’ initiative, UNICEF Brasil and partners are reimagining the way communities and cities can leverage sports and play to facilitate the integral development of children and adolescents. Join UNICEF Brasil to hear more about what sports for development is and what it can be.

Moderated by Edith Asibey, National Chief of Communication and Partnerships of UNICEF Brasil, and include talks from:

  • Tim Pawlowski, Chair of Sport Economics, Sport Management and Media Research, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Rodrigo Mendes, social entrepreneur and president of Instituto Rodrigo Mendes
  • Orlando Dato, social educator and community leader in Rio de Janeiro

India Activate Talk: “Out-of-the-box thinking to end Open Defecation”

UNICEF India organized an Activate Talk in Delhi on 18 December 2014. The event focused on “Innovations to support ending open defecation”. Key note speakers approached the issue from different angles including public dialogue and advocacy, policy, equity and gender and youth engagement.

Just under half of the population of India does not use a toilet. Open defecation is prevalent among all socio-economic groups in rural India although the bottom two wealth quintiles practice it most. Children are born into an environment that contributes to stunting; to repeated episodes of diarrhea and worm infestations; and where girls face discrimination and lack of dignity as they enter puberty.

In the wider social context, too few have challenged the levels of complacency and passivity that exist in respect of prevailing social norms, that have resulted in India having the highest number of people globally who open defecate; some 595 million.  The Government of India is now prioritising sanitation under the Swachch Bharat Mission with calls for everyone to contribute to the Prime Minister’s goal of ending open defecation by the end of 2019. It is now that innovation is needed.



Nalin Mehta, Indian writer, social historian and columnist.



Anshul Tewari, Founder of Youth Ki Awaaz.

Online platforms as a tool to harness the power of youth to create social movements around sanitation.

Sonal Kapoor, Founder of Protsahan.

Innovative communication approaches to change mindsets about the practice of open defecation among children from deprived communities.

Jairam Ramesh, Indian economist and Member of Parliament representing Andhra Pradesh

The role of politicians as innovators and champions for sanitation.

Swami Chidanand Swaraswati, co-founder Global Inter-Faith WASH Alliance

From temples to toilets – the power of faith to influence sanitation behavior change.

Ms. L. S. Changsan, Indian Administrative Service, Mission Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan  – Education for All Campaign, Assam.)

Mass handwashing with soap in schools before the mid-day meal is part of the Government of India’s essential interventions for water and sanitation in schools with the potential to reach 110 million school children.

Skopje Activate Talk: Youth & Child Participation

A video of the event is available here. 

UNICEF and the Youth Education Forum brought together six local change makers at the UNICEF Activate Talks on Youth and Child Participation. Focusing on inclusion of children with disabilities, girls in ITC, youth in policy making, and more, the activists presented their unique ways on how young people are actively engaging to bring about change in their own lives and their communities.

 Moderated by Kristina Lelovac, the speakers included:

  • Marko Vidacek, Civil Journalist, Amateur Photographer and Artist
  • Alexander Matovski – Cako, Human Rights Activist
  • Marija Mircevska, Youth Education Forum
  • Arben Ristemi, National Youth Council
  • Jasmina Chashule, Trash Fashion
  • Valentina Taseva, Girls in ICT

Kino Frosina, Youth Cultural Centre, Skopje

27 November 2014 @ 11am GMT