Vibhushan Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, Former Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Kerry Kennedy; Chief Justice of the Superior Labour Court of Brazil, Lelio Bentes Corrêa; former Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi; and former Judges of the Indian Supreme Court Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Indira Bannerjee. Central to the event were survivors of child exploitation, who spoke alongside many high-profile international and national speakers from political, business, faith, justice, and children’s rights spheres.

INDIA Laureates and Leaders for Children held its successful 2024 Conclave, Creating a Compassionate World for Children, on 11th March in New Delhi, India. The Conclave was held following the decision to postpone the Fourth Global Laureates and Leaders for Children, which was to be held in Lumbini Province, Nepal on 11-12 March, due to political turmoil in Nepal. 

To ensure that the vital work of Laureates and Leaders for Children continued, the Conclave was organised, with Nobel Laureates and global leaders in attendance. 

Eminent speakers at the conclave included Nobel Peace Laureate and founder of Laureates and Leaders for Children, Kailash Satyarthi; Nobel Peace Laureate Joby Williams;  former Prime Minister of Monaco, HE Serge Telle; Padma

At the event, Mr. Satyarthi launched his new initiative, the Satyarthi Movement for Global Compassion (SMGC)). This new movement for compassion aims to unite a broken world by bringing together Nobel laureates and leaders, businesses, academia, young people, and civil society for the world’s largest mobilisation toward building a just, inclusive, and equitable world. Launched with singing, joy, and a strong sense of hope, SMGC seeks to reform global governance through compassionate dialogue and action. It will help build democratic, inclusive, and dynamic institutions with compassionate leadership at the top. SMGC will also build Compassionate Communities that will help achieve inclusion, equity, and social protection through youth leadership.

“Today, the world is wealthier and more inter-connected than ever before. Yet, it is severely fractured and reeling from war, growing inequalities, hatred, climate crisis, and potential threats of artificial intelligence. Children are always the worst sufferers. The UN Sustainable Development Goals have been derailed. Despite unprecedented wealth, resources, and knowledge, why do these problems persist? Institutions like the United Nations, governments, and philanthropists have all gravely fallen short of uniting the world to end injustice and inequality. 

For decades, I have called for the globalisation of compassion. Today, we take the next step in this mission with the Satyarthi Movement for Global Compassion. Through this movement, I offer you hope. If our world is broken, we know that once, it was whole. I call on each of you to recognise that spark of compassion in you and join the global movement, for it is compassion that will unite our broken world.”




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