Ariel Foundation International Youth
Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Community Service
am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am
If not now, then when?" - Hillel
is proud to annouce the publication of a report from three young
Lithuanian Changemakers, Vilmantė, Inga and Delianas, Their
report was written after they were AFI Changemaker Delegates who
attended the 88th UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination (CERD) session for Lithuania. In the report, they give
their opinion about racial discrimination, tolerance, other realted
problems and it solutions within the Lithuanian society. The report is
in Lithuanian and will soon be available in English.
AFI Changemakers is thrilled to announce our next big event: the AFI Changemakers Summit
at the Human Rights Council 2016. Timed to coincide with the 32nd
Session of the Human Rights Council, and continuing our work getting
the voice of young people heard at the United Nations, this exciting
event is scheduled for 14 June 2016
at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
If you’re a young professional person (less than 30 years old) who is
passionate about human rights, this event will take you to the heart of
the action, bringing together the next generation of young human rights
champions. Ariel Foundation International is delighted to have recently
achieved ECOSOC status, meaning we will be able to take you closer to
the inner workings of the UN than ever before.
Back On An Extraordinary 2015 Year for AFI!
In 2015, Ariel Foundation
International (AFI) broke new ground in several international areas for
children and youth.
Children's Summits: In
March and June 2015, AFI and Ariana-Leilani Children's Foundation held
the first Children’s Human Rights Summit at the United Nations on
Children’s Rights Summit (Report),
and the second Children’s Summit at the UN On Promoting Peace (Video,
report), and in October, the third Summit Children Summit on Promoting
Human Rights (Video,
report to come).
May, Youth leaders from 18-29 through our AFI Changemakers Summits
conducted important groundbreaking work at the World Health Assembly (Report).
In November, pioneering work continued at Changemakers at the UK
Parliament with Julie Ward, MEP as Chair (report to come).
In December the Changemakers submitted an official statement to the UN
Right to Development (Statement).
and UN Committees: AFI Children’s human rights team gave a
report to come)
on their experiences at the conference on children as actors
transforming society (CATS) to Members of the European Parliament,
while our young adult team attended the UN Committee on Discrimination
in Geneva (report).
EP Oberver Status
Granted: At the end of December AFI was given observer status at
the European Parliament in Brussels.
Looking Forward to
2016 we plan to continue our pioneering work with empowering and
opening doors for children with a summit on “children human rights for
all” in March, a Changemakers Summit on Human Rights in June, children
at CATS in July/August, and finally Changemakers Summit for
the 25th Anniversary to the Right to Development. In
addition’ we will continue to support children and youth to realize
their rights to participate fully in society regardless of the country
in which they are born or their socio-economic status.
On 27 March 2015 Ariel Foundation
International and the
Children's Foundation International co-sponsored a unique event the
brought youth from all over Europe to the UN to confer and exchange
ideas on human rights.
Individuals with a global
conscience and a
passion for a
better world became involved in the movement
for participation on the global stage. Global Leaders (18 to 30
years old) were invited to participate in the 2015 UN World Health
Assembly. They attended deliberations and council meetings along with
representatives with other young dynamic colleagues from state
governments, intergovernmental organisations and civil society.
It was a life-changing experience and they became part of the AFI
Changemakers at the UN network.
AFI Changemakers were invited to participate in the Summit on ‘Right to
Health & Access to Medicine’. Changemakers also participated in the
2015 UN Social Forum on Access to Medicines, and council meetings along
with representatives from member states, intergovernmental
organisations and civil society. AFI Changemakers presented at a
side event on the Right to Health that was attended by members of the
UN, member states, NGO and others. A report will be
published describing their findings and results of the Summit. Join us
and become part of AFI Changemakers - UN network.
world came to Geneva to connect with each other and
participate in intense workshops at the United Nations on themes
related to the Right to Development. Outcomes of
workshops were fedback at a high level official UN event. The outcomes
of the Summit provided a framework for the Changemakers platform to
work of UN in 2015. Summit participants became Changemaker
Ambassadors, leaving Geneva inspired and with opportunities to get
involved longer term with our work at the UN.
Matthew McVarish, and its major sponsors Ariel
Foundation International, Moira Anderson Foundation, Innocence in
Danger and Raphael International Foundation to celebrated the
of his 10,000
miles, 16,000 kilometer 32 cities in 30 European countries, 17 month
walk to raise awareness of childhood sexual
Learn more at http://roadtochange.eu/royal-mile/
AFI in Partnership with Thandi Khumalo Foundation
(TKF) a community based organization in Botswana held a holiday
party for orphaned children.
Because of your generosity 275 Botswana HIV/AIDS orphaned
children had a day to remember -- with hot
meals and gifts.