On the auspicious occasion of his 81st birthday, Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee launched a ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ Campaign organized by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The campaign aims to mobilize 100 million youth and children for 100 million underprivileged children across the world, to end child labour, child slavery, violence against children and promote the right of every child to be safe, free, and educated, over the next 5 years.
The global effort to mobilize 100 million youth for shaping a better future of 100 million children who are less privileged is the beginning of a change which was long overdue. It is only appropriate that this campaign begins from India, which has one of the largest populations of youth in the world.
As the campaign runs for five years, it will have a path-breaking impact on the lives of children across the globe. The President urged all children and young people from India and abroad to join this campaign and be the torchbearers for a vibrant, compassionate and happy world where every child is free from want, fear and exploitation.
The campaign has been conceptualized by Nobel peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, in the presence of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Nobel laureates Tawakkol Karman and Leymah Gbowee, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and First Lady of Panama Lorena Castillo. Other leaders who participated in the summit included Princess Charlene of Monaco, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands and Nobel laureate and former President of Timor-Leste Jose Ramos-Horta.
Lauding the campaign, Mukherjee hoped it will have a path-breaking impact on millions of children across the globe.
Despite the progress the world has made in science and technology, economic development and in other fields of human endeavour, there are still over a 100 million children who are “out of school”. They are being denied their childhood and are facing exploitation in various ways. The world must realize without further delay that there can be no progress unless our children are safe, secure and unless they are provided the freedom and opportunity to become agents of change for the larger good of humanity. To ensure for them a bright, carefree and secure future, devoid of poverty, violence and want is our bounden duty.
The campaign also brought curtains to the two-day ‘Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit’ that brought together the collective leadership of around 25 Nobel laureates and leaders for creating a child-friendly world.
Earlier in the day, the President inaugurated twin tower apartments for the staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan; Navachara-II, a hall for permanent exhibition of grassroots innovations at Rashtrapati Bhavan and a museum of vintage carpets & tapestries of Rashtrapati Bhavan.