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88 Nobel Laureates & World Leaders Call for $1 Trillion to Protect the World's Children in the COVID-19 Era
NEW DELHI, May 18, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    Today, 88 Nobel Laureates and World Leaders, as part of Laureates and 
Leaders for Children, issued a statement calling for the world's governments to 
unite and prioritize the world's children during their lockdowns and in the 
    Founded by 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, who has fought 
tirelessly for decades against child labour, slavery and trafficking, Laureates 
and Leaders for Children highlights challenges faced by the world's most 
vulnerable children and advocates for solutions.
    "We, the Laureates and Leaders for Children, demand that the most 
marginalized and vulnerable children are not forgotten by governments during 
this grave crisis and beyond.  We must act now or risk losing an entire 
generation." – Kailash Satyarthi
    Statement excerpts:
    COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated pre-existing inequalities in our 
world. The virus, restrictions placed on the majority of the world's 
population, and the aftermath will have a devastating impact on the most 
    The pandemic's public health emergency is set to exacerbate the 
exploitation of children. Trapped in homes to escape the virus, children are at 
greater risk of sexual abuse and domestic violence. As restrictions are lifted, 
children will be trafficked, forced out of school and into labour, bearing the 
burden of sustaining their families.  
    If, for once, our world gave the most marginalised children and their 
families their fair share – 20% of the COVID-19 response for the poorest 20% of 
humanity – the results would be transformative. One trillion dollars would fund 
all outstanding UN and charity COVID-19 appeals, cancel two years of all debt 
repayments from low-income countries, and fund two years of the global gap to 
meet the SDGs on health, water and sanitation, and education. More than ten 
million lives would be saved.
    We call on leaders of the G20 to take additional action beyond their own 
borders for those who urgently need coordinated international aid.  We also 
call on all G20 leaders to honour existing global health commitments.
    Signatories include:
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama 
    Most Reverend Archbishop Desmond Tutu 
    HRH Prince Ali Al Hussein 
    Leymah Gbowee 
    Kerry Kennedy 
    Rigoberta Menchu Tum 
    Jose Ramos-Horta 
    Mary Robinson 
    Guy Ryder 
    Kailash Satyarthi
    Laureates and Leaders for Children is an initiative of the Kailash 
Satyarthi Children's Foundation.  The full statement, an accompanying video and 
signatories are here (


    Logo Caption: Laureates & Leaders - For Children

    Video Caption: 88 Nobel Laureates & World Leaders Call for $1 Trillion to 
Protect the World’s Children in the COVID-19 Era


    Photo Caption: Kailash Satyarthi calls on for Child protection with 88 
Laureates and Leaders

    Source: Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation