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Mexico Activate Talk: Say Yes to Breastfeeding

Mexico | April 22, 2015

UNICEF Mexico held an Activate Talk on April 22 on the topic of breastfeeding. The talk featured perspectives from experts, mothers, bloggers as well as fathers on the issue.

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

Paris, France | March 25, 2015

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.

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

India | December 18, 2014

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.

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

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | December 16, 2014

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.

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Skopje Activate Talk: Youth & Child Participation

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia | November 27, 2014

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.

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Kosovo Activate Talk: Youth and Adolescents in the Driver’s Seat

Kosovo | November 27, 2014

UNICEF Kosovo (UNSC1244) Programme is re-imagining the way youth and adolescents relate to the development agenda, equipping young people with methods, tools, and technologies to understand and solve challenges in their communities, and empowering them with the support, guidance, and resources to make their solutions real.

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25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: is the world a better place for children?

United Nations Headquarters | November 20, 2014

Co-chaired by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden and Ms Laura Vargas Carrillo, National System for Integral Family Development of Mexico, this talk brought perspectives from the youth as well as civil society and the private sector.

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Innovación e Infancia: aprendizaje a partir del error

Seville, Spain | November 20, 2014

The importance of having an open attitude towards failure is always stressed when talking about innovation, but there are not many opportunities to actually go deep into concrete experiences that didn’t go so well and the learning that was taken out of it. The approach of the session is to learn from concrete grassroot level experiences and how they incorporated failure as a trigger for improved impact for children.

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Tanzania Activate Talk: “23 Million Children: Let’s Talk about their Rights”

Tanzania | November 20, 2014

On 20 November, UNICEF, the EU, Save the Children and Plan International organized a multi-stakeholder forum to mark the 25th anniversary of the CRC. The aim was to convene a three-hour seminar- inspired by the TED talks - inviting inspiring speakers (national experts, academics, CSO/NGO representatives, donors, United Nations, influential private sector representatives and thought leaders) to take stock of progress achieved, identify main challenges in realizing the rights of the child and focus on best ways to address these through innovative solutions.

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Copenhagen Activate Talk: The Future of Product Innovation

Copenhagen, Denmark | November 20, 2014

UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen held an Activate Talk on November 20th to mark the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Moderated by Ida Ebbensgaard, a leading journalist on the Danish television, the event brought together three international voices in health and development who shared their share their views on how people, products and processes can make a more equitable world for children.

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London Activate Talk: Children’s Rights in Local Government

London, UK | November 20, 2014

On the 25th anniversary of the CRC, UNICEF UK’s Child Rights Partners programme convened an event on children’s rights in local government. “Local authorities as child rights champions: transforming services, improving outcomes” explored the potential of a child rights-based approach as a tool for transforming policy and practice in public services. The Activate Talk marked the first anniversary of UNICEF UK’s innovative Child Rights Partners programme; speakers discussed innovative approaches for changing public services through a child rights lens to secure better outcomes for children and ensure children’s rights are promoted, respected and realised at the local level.

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Haiti Activate Talk II: Child Rights – Yesterday and Tomorrow

Haiti | November 20, 2014

On November 20, UNICEF Haiti hosted an Activate talk to showcase progress made for children during the past 25 years, and to discuss how more can be done differently during the next 25 years. Seven children and three Haitian child rights activists discussed what remains to be done to make the Convention of the rights of the child come true for every single girl and boy in Haiti: Doing more and using innovation to do better.

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Indonesia Activate Talk: “The Role of Young People in Addressing Child Rights and Disparities in Indonesia”

Indonesia | November 20, 2014

On November 20, UNICEF Indonesia convened a series of curated talks by 5 young speakers (all of them around 25 years of age) who reflected on the importance and impact of the CRC and human rights in general in their lives. These young speakers showcased successful ideas and innovations they have put into use to achieve results, reflected on their childhood experiences as child rights advocates, and talked about their goals and aspirations moving forward.

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

Malawi | November 15, 2014

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

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Mongolia Activate Talk: Child Helpline

Mongolia | November 12, 2014

On November 12, Mongolia held an Activate Talk on the first-ever nationwide child helpline. The nationwide toll free, 24/7 child helpline is a big step towards creating a comprehensive child protection system in Mongolia.

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EU Activate Talk: “The Promise of Innovation: Saving and Improving children’s lives. Can innovation deliver?”

Brussels, Belgium | November 11, 2014

Emerging technologies and social innovations have changed our lives like never before. How can we leverage them for children in the developing world and in humanitarian crises? Can we find new, more effective ways to deliver assistance, to create opportunities, and to bring about equitable development? Preceding the 25th Anniversary of Convention of the Rights of the Child on 20 November 2014 and the launch of UNICEF’s flag ship State of the World’s Children report on innovation, the European Parliament’s Committee on Development and UNICEF Brussels EU Office held an Activate Talk at the European Parliament.

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Ghana Activate Talk: Innovative Solutions for Reaching the Unreached

Ghana | November 05, 2014

On November 5th, UNICEF Ghana hosted an Activate talk on “building virtual bridges for reaching the unreached”. In a country like Ghana, where the majority of the population lives in rural areas, citizens or service users often live miles away from the facilities that provide essential services, such as schools, health facilities, or town halls. The talk explored a number of innovative solutions that link citizens to service providers, empowering people through information and creating feedback loops between public & private service providers and their beneficiaries.

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Chile Activate Talk, “Power and Voice: Digital Citizenship”

Chile | October 23, 2014

UNICEF Chile will hold an Activate Talk duting fiiS 2014 entitled "Power and Voice: Digital Citizenship." In 2015, one of the most important processes in Chilean history will take place, the rewriting of the country’s constitution. UNICEF Chile is committed to ensuring children and adolescent are active participants, and that their voices are heard. This talk will thus explore how can social innovation can offer open, accessible, long-term mechanisms to affect public policy, debate and win concrete victories for the lives of children, adolescents and their families.

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Sudan Activate Talk: Innovation for Education and Child Protection

Sudan | October 20, 2014

In late August, Sudan will convene an Activate talk revolving around the idea of e-learning in Sudan aimed at vulnerable primary-schooled aged children, and how it can address the inequality in access to proper education.

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Moldova Activate Talk: Social inclusion of vulnerable children through Innovation

Moldova | October 09, 2014

UNICEF Moldova held an Activate Talk on October 9 on social inclusion of the most vulnerable children in Moldovan society.

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Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean Activate Talk: Using Technology to Influence Policies for Children

Barbados | October 07, 2014

With high internet penetration and mobile phones per capita being among the highest in the world, Eastern Caribbean countries, including Trinidad are moving to embrace technology and use new platforms to help influence policies for children and young people. Trinidad and Tobago is a prime example of a country where both the government and private sector is increasingly turning to technology to help create better societies.

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France Activate Talk: “Connect, Empower, Collaborate” for Child Rights

France | October 03, 2014

On October 3rd, UNICEF France convened an Activate Talk to explore the role of innovation in a child's life from inclusion to digital youth engagement.

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Far from Chalk and Talk: Learning from Innovative Approaches in Education, Jamaica

Jamaica | September 29, 2014

On September 29, UNICEF Jamaica hosted an Activate talk on education and innovative approaches to reach the most marginalized and vulnerable populations of children to fulfill their rights.

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Costa Rica Activate Talk: Innovating for Closing the Gap in Education

Costa Rica | September 24, 2014

On September 24, UNICEF Costa Rica covened an activate talk to discuss the roles of technology, inclusion, and pertinence in innovations for Costa Rica's education system.

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Speaking Out: Young Voices on NCDs

New York, NY | September 23, 2014

Non Communicable Diseases- the chronic diseases that include diabetes, obesity, cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases- have become a major health and development issue affecting the fulfilment of children’s rights. UNICEF and NCD Child hosted an Activate Talk to highlight innovations in living with and treatment of NCDs in children.

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Haiti Activate Talk: Innovation for Child Rights

Haiti | September 10, 2014

On September 10, UNICEF Haiti hosted an Activate talk to showcase the use of innovative technology to reach the most vulnerable children with a focus on Health, Nutrition, Education, Child Protection and Data Collection. The talk was moderated by the UNICEF Haiti Representative Edouard Beigbeder.

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Connecting Through ICT: Empowering Girls Through Education

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | September 08, 2014

This Activate Talk explored what happens when one of the most transformative technologies in the world – ICT -- meets one of the most transformational forces in the world – education – and unleashes the potential of one of the world’s most untapped resources…girls and women. And what’s at stake, when it doesn’t.

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Challenges and Opportunities in Zambia’s Innovation Ecosystem

Zambia | August 11, 2014

On August 11, UNICEF Zambia convened innovators and key personalities to feature innovations making a difference in the life of children.

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Montenegro Activate Talk: Innovations for Inspired Teaching and Learning

Podgorica, Montenegro | July 10, 2014

On July 10, UNICEF Montenegro hosted an Activate talk on innovative approaches to teaching for better learning.

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Armenia Activate Talk: Innovating for Inclusive Education

Yerevan, Armenia | June 23, 2014

On June 23rd, UNICEF Armenia hosted an Activate Talk aimed bringing together the brightest minds and boldest change makers in the country,

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Georgia Activate Talk: It Is About Ability

Tbilisi, Georgia | June 23, 2014

The ‘Activate Talks’ in Georgia focused on children with disabilities and aimed at mobilizing the public’s attention towards those pressing issues that affect the lives of these vulnerable children.

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Alternative Solutions to Energy Poverty in Burundi

Burundi | June 19, 2014

Burundi faces one of the most dire cases of energy poverty worldwide. Only 3% of its population has access to the electricity grid. This energy poverty affects all aspects of life in Burundi.

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Colombia Activate Talk: Peace Building and Rights of the Child

Colombia | June 18, 2014

The talk featured children who discussed their experiences in UNICEF programs and the relationship between child rights and peace building.

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Youth with Disabilities and Innovation; Making the World Inclusive for All

New York City, UNICEF House, Labouisse Hall | June 13, 2014

On June 13 2014, the Disability Section convened an Activate Talk on “Youth with Disabilities and Innovation: Making the World Inclusive for ALL!” at UNICEF Headquarters.

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New York Activate Talk: Innovative Approaches to Advocate for Child Rights

New York City, United Nations Headquarters | June 10, 2014

On June 10 2014, UNICEF convened an Activate Talk at United Nations Headquarters, as a side-event to “Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the post-2015 Development Agenda”- a high-level event convened by the President of the General Assembly from June 9 to 10.

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Zimbabwe Activate Talk: Local Innovations Improving the Lives of Children

Zimbabwe | May 30, 2014

In its second Activate Talk on the African continent, UNICEF convened a collection of tech start-ups, governmental agencies and international organizations to highlight the recent innovations that have improved the survival and well-being of children in Zimbabwe.

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Showcasing an Equity-Focused Solution through “The Barefoot Social Worker” Program in China

China | May 14, 2014

This series of talks provided the history of the Barefoot Social Worker initiative in China, and showcased the bottlenecks, lessons learned and efforts to put in place a policy framework to scale up the initiative nationwide.

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UNICEF and frog present “Wearable Technology for Social Impact”

San Francisco, USA | May 07, 2014

Today’s conversations surrounding wearables tend to diverge and converge around fitness and health, and it remains to be seen where the concentration will lie.

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Innovating to Connect the Unconnected

Boston | April 30, 2014

UNICEF, in collaboration with the Harvard University Berkman Center, featured some of the most innovative approaches to increasing internet access for underserved, marginalised and isolated communities. The event was held at Harvard University on April 30, 2014 in Boston.

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Achieving Equity: Innovation for Indonesian Children

Indonesia | April 23, 2014

UNICEF Indonesia convened a national symposium on April 23, 2014 in Jakarta to showcase the opportunities that exist in addressing the challenges faced by the most vulnerable communities, and the barriers that are encountered by local innovators and authorities in their efforts to deliver results for children.

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Innovation Transforming Children’s Lives in Uganda

Uganda | February 28, 2014

To kick off a series of global events on innovation, UNICEF held in Kampala, Uganda its first Activate Talk on February 18, 2014. The event featured innovations varying from mobile health to youth advocacy; and brought together experts working to improve the survival and well-being of the most marginalized and deprived children.

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UNICEF Convenes 38 Global Activate Talks on Innovation

Thirty two 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.

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