On September 15, the observance of the International Day of Peace, at the United Nations Headquarters, ICV will convene the next generation of Senior UN Leaders, Change Makers, Social Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists to educate and inspire all ages to think more creatively about their role as global citizens.

The ICV Global Youth Summit will address key trends in peace building, global citizenship education and the Sustainable Development Goals where innovation, government, business leadership and young people can leverage their strengths for social impact.

Our event partner, PeaceDay365, will show how art, fashion, technology, and business can serve as vehicles to address the Sustainable Development Goals while collaborating with global stakeholders across multiple industries.

In the Chamber of the Trusteeship Council, where high-level dignitaries, human rights activists, peace builders, and many others convene to advance the values of the United Nations, we will bring visibility to organizations that build peace and empower and transform communities, especially through the inclusion of youth.

On the observance of the International Day of Peace, we welcome all global citizens and peacemakers to leverage their collective resources and shared aspirations to create impactful partnerships that can create the positive change they would like to see in the world.

“Peace must be our goal and our guide. All that we strive for depends on peace but peace depends on us. I appeal to you all to join me to committing to peace today and every day. Let us make 2017 a year for peace.”

 – Secretary-General António Guterres


The International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

Resolution 2250 and the Role of Young People in Building Global Peace and Security

One half of the world’s population is under the age of 30 and of that 1.8 billion are between the ages of 11-24. Decisions are made every day that affect their lives in security and peace building matters. In December 2015, Resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security was unanimously adopted which encourages member states and leadership on all levels to have a seat in decision making processes for young people. It helps to shift the narrative to view young people as having a meaningful impact in driving change in peacebuilding and encourages financial and government investment in areas that are youth driven.

Now, thirty five years after the passage of Resolution 36/37 establishing the International Day of Peace and nearly three years in observance of the passage of Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, the annual Peace Day Youth summit brings an opportunity to learn about actions being taken by government, business and young people toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular, SDG16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

A Vision of Peace

Innovation in the SDG Path

Innovation is serving as a cultural barometer for Global Citizens in addressing the SDGs. Art provides the opportunity to transfer public awareness into action for topics concerning the SDGs by harnessing the power to connect in transformative ways. Innovation provides a universally inclusive, accessible, and self-expressive platform that engages the creative community by allowing art and technology to become vehicles that address the targets of the SDGs. Additionally, social media platforms have become channels of activism inspired by creative expression. By amplifying youth voices to promote design-led innovation, the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through Global Citizen collaborations is on the horizon.
Business and Media in the Industry Matrix

The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal set of 17 targets that the member states of the United Nations agreed must be addressed by 2030. The SDGs serve as a comprehensive and systematic approach to complex problems of sustainable development on a global level. They also provide a framework for mobilizing companies and media to invest in sustainable development and provide SDG-led content in an ongoing and scalable way. Leadership in business should be exercised by all industries to consider the role and impact that their core operations, manufacturing and supply chains have on the SDGs. Discussions will focus on the creation of innovative models of action that drive businesses to consider how the markets reward sustainable corporate conduct, collaboration, and create incentives for corporate respect of the SDGs that are unrelated to corporate philanthropy and CSR activities. In considering that half of the world’s population is under the age of 30, media leadership is addressing the growing emphasis on youth-led content including the increasing focus on content on sustainability interests.
Coalition for Global Citizenship 2030

With the adoption of Agenda 2030, the international community ushered in a new concept of development – one which acknowledges the importance of Global Citizenship as a frame through which to understand our place in the world. In 2015, a group of like-minded organizations – now numbering 40 – came together to form a “Coalition for Global Citizenship 2030” in order to promote the recognition of humanity’s shared destiny and to pursue acts and advocacy consist with those ideals in and around the United Nations.



Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

The Permanent Secretariat to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Summits derives from a new and more broadly based collaboration between the International Gorbachev Foundation and the City of Rome for realizing the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates. The Permanent Secretariat, based in Rome, is a non-profit association without political aims.


  • Robert Smith entered Wall Street with lessons passed down from four generations of family members who worked in the investment industry before him. Over the course of his career, he managed sales and trading teams at leading financial institutions, and built capital markets and international equities businesses. In 2014, Robert founded ICV to bring together his network of Family Offices and Fund Investors to evaluate opportunities that create a social impact beyond a financial return. He serves as Business Strategy Advisor to New Frontier Bio, a multi-asset holding company, which leverages the long-term involvement of the Kennedy family in healthcare, to identify, finance and develop novel medical technologies from inception through clinical proof of concept; he serves as a a member of the Presidential Advisory Board of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, the largest academic medical center in Philadelphia and ranked #16 by U.S. News and World Report; and, Robert serves Senior Advisor to the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, a platform to consolidate peace efforts and strengthen global security, monitor and support the Nobel Peace Laureates, and engage the minds of young people and citizens on real matters that broaden vision and open up new horizons for more peaceful and compassionate thinking. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chaeli Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on growing more inclusive and empowered communities, especially through the inclusion of children, youth and adults with disabilities. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Childhood Cancer Kids, a nonprofit that increases childhood cancer awareness and elevates the spirits of children with cancer. Robert serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Children’s Village, a nonprofit that works in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Tuesday’s Children, a response and recovery nonprofit organization that supports youth, families, and communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss. Robert serves as Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of The Harmon Foundation, a private foundation established in 1922 by his great, great grandfather for charitable and humanitarian purposes, with an emphasis on “inspirational and tangible help for young people.”
  • Telma Viale has decades of international public service dealing with mandates related to social justice and global development. She has served in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Central Asia. Until 2013 she was the Special Representative to the UN and Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office in New York, and was Vice-Chair of the UN Development Group. Prior to that, she led the human resources department at the ILO Headquarters, and World Meteorological Organization Headquarters, as well as the ILO Training Center in Turin. Ms. Viale held various posts at the World Health Organization, at the UN Secretariat and the UN Development Programme, undertaking field assignments in Mozambique and Afghanistan. She represented the ILO as a Peace Laureate Organization at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. A Master in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, she also holds a B.A. in Psychology and Romance Languages from CUNY.
  • Louis Venturelli is the Youth Program Officer for the Americas of the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. A champion of youth advocacy in international peace and humanitarian efforts, Mr. Venturelli has assisted in the recruitment of university students and young professionals for the annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates since he first attended the Hiroshima Summit in 2010. He helps to lead the coordination and facilitation of youth activities for the Leading by Example youth program, and assists in the coordination of the youth delegate alumni network following the conclusion of the summits. Mr. Venturelli has helped lead service trips of high school students to Nicaragua in partnership with the Rotary Club of New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Quinnipiac University, and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University. Mr. Venturelli was recognized as a finalist for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for his role in shaping education policy in January 2016.

Youth Program: Young people play important roles in our interconnected global society. Leaders who apply innovative approaches to reform systems, educate and create change to decrease suffering in the world discuss how they help children to become productive, independent citizens who will enrich their communities and their future.

Well-Being Inspires Well-Doing

In this talk, Bart Weejen shares how he developed detection rats technology together with a team of researchers at Antwerp University in Belgium and Sokoine University in Tanzania, and how this research effort developed into a global humanitarian operation. He provides an overview of the life saving actions of the so-called HeroRATs, how they are trained and what impact they had so far in supporting vulnerable communities affected by humanitarian detection challenges, to tackle these problems more independently. Bart also shares why and how he then got involved in the Wellbeing Project, and shares some significant findings of the Wellbeing Project’s research and what the social change sector can learn from this.

  • Bart Weetjens is a Zen priest and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of APOPO, an international humanitarian organisation that trains rats to save human lives by detecting landmines and disease. His work was recognised by Ashoka, the Schwab Foundation to the World Economic Forum and he won a Skoll Award for social entrepreneurship. Based on a vision that wellbeing inspires well-doing, he joined The Wellbeing Project, to help shift the culture in the field of social change to a more caring and compassionate one, with more support for the inner wellbeing of social change leaders. After 12 years of working in Tanzania, Africa, Bart moved back to his birth place Antwerp, Belgium, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.


Musical Performance: Baja Musical Arts Initiative (BMAI)

The mission of the Baja Musical Arts Initiative (BMAI) is to promote cultural exchange by creating a bridge between New York and México with the aim of improving the lives of children in the community throughout musical education and performance. Based on its parent program in Mexico – Redes 2025 (Networks 2025), BMAI now has created Redes USA in New York City to provide intensive programming, free-of-cost, to young people as a strategy to transform communities and empower our children.

Redes USA’s goal is to positively impact the living conditions of student participants, their families, and their communities-at-large. Aimed at young people between the ages of 6 and 17, Redes USA operates in New York’s most vulnerable neighborhoods and communities. It promotes music instruction that incorporates community-building, team-building, group work and music education at its core. By providing students with a safe space to mature and develop, Redes USA offers motivation for students who may otherwise have been engaged in more “unproductive” activities by involving them in performances throughout cultural and academic venues in the Tri-State area.

Sustainable Development:  Time for Global Action

In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all – laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which clearly define the world we want – applying to all nations and leaving no one behind.

The new Global Goals result from a process that has been more inclusive than ever, with Governments involving business, civil society and citizens from the outset.



Responsible business and investment – rooted in universal principles – will be essential to achieving transformational change through the Global Goals. For companies, successful implementation will strengthen the enabling environment for doing business and building markets around the world.

We are all in agreement on where the world needs to go. Fulfilling these ambitions will take an unprecedented effort by all.

Threading the SDGs: Global Citizenship, Business and the Media Industry Matrix
  • Amir Dossal is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnerships Forum – a not-for-profit knowledge platform to provide change makers with tools to build innovative partnerships to address economic and social challenges – which he established in 2010. Amir is co-founder of the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance, a multi-stakeholder partnership to protect coastal and marine seas around the world. He is also a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. In 2015, Amir was invited by UN Women to join its global movement for gender equality, as HeForShe Champion. In 2016, Amir was appointed a UN Women Global champion for Planet 50-50 by 2030. Amir Dossal is a 25-year veteran of the United Nations, and served as the UN’s Chief Liaison for Partnerships until September 2010. He is an accomplished diplomat, with a deep understanding of global diplomacy as well as extensive experience in managing technical assistance projects in emerging markets. Amir has worked with sustained commitment toward an overarching vision of uniting public and private energies for social progress. By nature, a social entrepreneur and innovator, his work is an endeavour to bond the power of the private sector, government, and civil society; in order that together, they may better serve the greater good.
  • Kenneth Ebie is Deputy General Counsel and Director of External Affairs for Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, which encompasses the key economic and creative sectors of film, TV, theater, music, advertising, publishing, digital content and real estate as it relates to these industries. In total, these sectors account for over 305,000 jobs, and an economic output of $104 billion. The office promotes New York City as a thriving center of creativity, issuing permits for productions filming on public property, and facilitating production throughout the five boroughs. It also oversees NYC Media, the largest municipal broadcasting entity in the country including five TV channels and a radio station with a reach of 18 million viewers and a 50-mile radius.
  • Ari Eisenstat is the Co-Executive Director of the UN Global Sustainability Index Institute, an independent foundation mandated to measure and accelerate capital for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Through education, investment, and a comprehensive index, UNGSII empowers stakeholders from all sectors to achieve the global goals. (UNGSII.org) Ari is also the CEO and Founder of DREAM VENTURES GLOBAL, an idea-stage impact venture fund with the mission of funding the next generation of socially, environmentally, and technologically conscious entrepreneurs. Ari was selected to be an International Chamber of Commerce representative to the United Nations during the post-2015 negotiations, and is a member of the UN’s Interagency Working Group for Youth and Gender Equality. He is the cofounder of the “U.N.trepreneurship Initiative,” which connects entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs across sectors to innovate for the 2030 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Ari regularly delivers the DRÆMATHON Social Venture Creation Workshop to students to some of the world’s leading universities, including Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, MIT and NYU. In addition, he mentors startups with top incubator and accelerator programs.
  • Kristin Gutekunst is Executive Producer for the UN SDG Action Campaign, where she is responsible for curating and implementing the campaign’s storytelling portfolio – including UN Virtual Reality, new media and immersive content. Kristin has extensive experience in campaigning for development, particularly with grassroots mobilization, youth engagement, innovative communications, and the creation of high-level advocacy strategies. She was the MY World Assistant Project Manager with the campaign’s former identity, the UN Millennium Campaign. Prior to the Campaign she worked with UNICEF’s global HIV/AIDS Campaign and as a teacher in multiple countries. She has a Masters in Development, Management and Policy from Georgetown University and the University of San Martin in Buenos Aires, and a BA in English and Spanish Literature from Fordham University, Rose Hill in New York City.
  • Nygia Hendricks is a professional storyteller and a global-minded leader, Nygia delivers a verifiable record of achievement as the Global Account Manager for The Wall Street Journal and as a bold philanthropist. She serves as a strategic explorer, identifying business needs and developing winning initiatives that are focused on brand advancement, content messaging and innovation. A media partner for C-level executives, Nygia helps her clients deploy their marketing efforts and to enhance and reinforce their brand messaging in various industry sectors across the world.  A Georgetown University Executive Master’s student in Global Strategic Communications (GSC), Nygia believes that partnership is built on the values of trust, integrity and solid communication. An exposure to planning analytics, culture and client demands combined with marketing skills strengthens Nygia’s capacity to offer effective solutions to address the needs and challenges in a competitive landscape. Combining the right methodologies to motivate, mobilize and generate revenue serves as the bedrock to execute smart, insightful and creative solutions. Nygia is a transformational leader and advisor who focuses on dialogue to engage stakeholders, explore emerging markets and address community needs proactively and collaboratively. With demonstrated expertise in developing global programs, custom content and digital plans that generate results with measurable return, Nygia has trained and managed several peers using her expertise in integrated strategy and has served as the developer for WSJ’s internship program in Atlanta and Here Media in New York where she worked as an Account Executive for Out , HIV Plus and The Advocate magazine. The development work and building of new client relationships requires full commitment and responsibility. It is in this role, Nygia has gained an incredible reputation with clients. Exemplifying excellence in her work, Nygia is the recipient of The Wall Street Journal Indy Award and Atlanta Business Chronicle’s People on The Move.
  • Claire Sommer is Managing Director AIM2Flourish for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. AIM2Flourish is the world’s first student-fueled prizes for business innovation that benefit humanity and built on a global learning platform. Join us to read, share, add, and comment on the 675+ stories already published at: AIM2Flourish.com Learn more: AIM2FlourishTeam.com. The purpose of AIM2Flourish is to celebrate and catalyze radical innovation, as part of a global learning challenge, to inspire the current and next generation of business leaders to build a better world, informed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. AIM2Flourish is an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management – Case Western Reserve University.


The New Era World Model

The New Era World Model has been formed to demonstrate practical ways of helping communities from across the globe to transform into economically empowered, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable entities that are enabled to maintain their cultural and natural identity while upgrading the human welfare aspect. The N.E.W. Model enables groundwork that incorporates the Sustainable Development Goals and disseminates successful roadmaps created. In addition, the N.E.W. Model works for the advancement and fostering of Sustainable Development as concept, practice and a way of life through direct community engagement and intellectual engagements at world forums. The ultimate goal of N.E.W. Model is to trigger a trend of a community oriented human welfare practice that bests the integrity of social service and dignity of the beneficiary communities and its members.


  • Jamie Dougherty is a passionate humanitarian and advocate for sustainable development. With a strong sense of justice and a powerful will to make a difference, Jamie has evolved from the role of school teacher to change-maker, helping impoverished communities around the globe to upgrade the quality of education, drinking water supply, gender equality and nutrition. Jamie started by volunteering at the Home for Women, a safe heaven for sex traffic victims and rape victims in Thailand. She helped the home with counseling and empowerment programs like English class. Around the same time in Thailand, she involved 40 students from Ruamrudee International School who after raising enough funds, helped a local school in Northern Thailand install a drinking water supply system. Jamie has been teaching for the last 12 years with experiences from three different continents. She started the ‘Nepal Project’ at the United Nations International School: UNIS, New York, which has been ongoing for 4 years now involving over 120 students where they created and raise funds for meal programs in primary schools in Nepal and go there once a year to visit the schools. Recently, she headed the ‘Lanyard Project’ linking one of the most underprivileged groups of women from Nepal to the United Nations’ High Level Political Forum (Forum for Sustainability). The participants of the forum wore the lanyards for their ‘Name Tags’ and the Women’s Initiative was commended at the forum. Jamie’s interest in furthering the cause of sustainable development takes her to interesting places across the globe that present themselves as important case studies for understanding the process of change. She is the co-founder of New Era World Model, which is under registration process as a Non Profit in the USA.
  • One of Nepal’s leading activists, Manoj Gautam has been working to protect the vulnerable wildlife, animals and people of his home country from a very young age. Growing up in a remote farming community, Manoj developed an innate understanding of the fundamental aspects of conservation such as community psychology, livelihood, ecological services. For 20 years he has been working to address the most pressing issues in natural resource management and human-wildlife conflict through his organization, the Jane Goodall Institute Nepal. Working with the communities which live closest to Nepal’s wildlife, Manoj seeks new ways to integrate conservation into peoples’ daily lives, for instance in 2005, on learning of the deaths of large numbers of vultures due to consumption of Diclofenac-poisoned carcasses, he developed the concept of ‘Vulture Restaurant’, where villagers can dump safe cattle carcasses for vultures (vulture nests increased from 3 to 27 in his region and the concept has been replicated across south Asia). Over the years he has built a network of several thousands of other young Nepalese who care deeply about the country’s biodiversity. From suing the government to uprooting the companies harming animals (including US funded breeding facilities exporting animals for experimentation) Manoj combines legal tools with public campaigns to change the hearts and minds of individuals and populations. His campaigns have changed the fate of thousands of animals in Asia and the mindset of thousands of people. His lessons from the field come from dealing with thousands of people across different communities in different circumstances. They are very simple and practical yet powerful. For his tireless and game-changing efforts Manoj has been awarded with many national and international awards including Jane Goodall’s Global Youth Leadership Award in 2008 and the Future For Nature Award in 2015.


At the 2017 High-Level Political Forum Lanyards (HLPF), participants including States Members of the United Nations and States Members of specialized agencies, inter-governmental organizations, United Nations system, major groups and other stakeholders wore the HLPF Lanyards (HLPF) that were handwoven by 16 Nepalese women. The women involved in the making of the 1,000 lanyards received training and a stipend which they used to support their family, namely their children’s education. The HLPF lanyards were then assembled by a group of about 20 students from the United Nations International School (UNIS) Nepal Club who wholeheartedly volunteered almost three days of their time to complete the assembly. The HLPF lanyards were generously supported by ICV. The weaving together of the HLPF Lanyards, much like the weaving together of multiple stakeholders to create positive change, is an example of the great work being done by The New Era World Model.


A Focus on Youth

Young people play important roles in our interconnected global society. Leaders who apply innovative approaches to reform systems, educate and create change to decrease suffering in the world discuss how they help children to become productive, independent citizens who will enrich their communities and their future.


  • Jeremy Kohomban, Ph.D., President & CEO of The Children’s Village, President of The CV Institute and its Center for Child Welfare Research, and President of Harlem Dowling. He is an author, advocate and expert in child welfare and juvenile justice. His leadership has been recognized by The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR and other publications. Most recently, he testified before the United States Congress, Senate Finance Committee and elaborated on the need for finance reform that supports children, families and communities. City Limits magazine identified him as a leader with a “clear vision for the future.” In his book, From Pariahs to Partners, How Parents and their Allies Changed New York City’s Child Welfare System, author David Tobis describes him as “one of the most parent-focused, reform-minded, and effective administrators in the field of child welfare”. In 2013, Dr. Kohomban was honored by the Child Welfare League of America for Exemplary Innovative Service Resulting in Positive and Successful Outcomes for Children and, in 2011, by the Alliance for Children and Families with the Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award for his dedication and effectiveness in the child welfare field. Dr. Kohomban serves and served on various boards including NYC’s Child Welfare Watch, Child Welfare Organizing Project, The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Center for Effective Family Services and Systems, Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA), the Washington D.C. based American Youth Work Center which publishes the periodical Youth Today, Iraqi Children Foundation, and Charity Navigator’s Advisory Panel. He has earned a reputation as a leader who effectively blends human services with accountability and a pragmatic business sense.


A Journey of Inclusion

The Chaeli Foundation was established in July 2017 through the collaboration of like-minded community and business leaders whose common goal is to grow more inclusive and empowered communities, especially through the inclusion of children, youth and adults with disabilities. The Chaeli Foundation is inspired by the work of The Chaeli Campaign and works in partnership with the Campaign on a local, national and global level to advocate for communities that grow capacity, empower and provide opportunities for children, youth and adults with disabilities to implement meaningful societal change.

Since its founding in 2014 as a grass roots organization, The Chaeli Campaign has attracted the trust and support of international organizations like the KidsRights Foundation, World of Children Awards, King Baudouin Africa Fund and the Turner Prize with total grant funding amounting to nearly $3 million. Through this generous support, The Chaeli Campaign has positively impacted the lives of more than 44,000 children in need in the Sub-Saharan African region by providing 400 assistive devices, establishing a youth leadership program for 800 children from 120 schools, and raising ability awareness through Chaeli’s participation as a speaker at nearly a dozen international conferences. More than 18,000 people are now aware of the importance of being ability-focused and the right to inclusion through the four professional theatre pieces created through the inspiring work of the The Chaeli Campaign and the brave families impacted through these projects.


All children have the right to live a full life; where they know that they belong; where their talents and skills are affirmed so that they may take a rightful place in their family, community and society; where they know that they belong, they are valued and they can make a meaningful contribution to their community.


A Vision for a Better Educated World

In its pursuit for Global positive changes, the United Nations highlights the Importance of Education. My aim is the talk about why it matters, how necessary it is for the developing world to have access to better education systems and share my own life story.


  • Abdourrachid Abdoussamad Sow is a student at Endicott College, a small, seaside private college with a strong community and a proven experiential learning model. State-of-the-art academic facilities partner with private beaches and distinctive residential options to create a unique and fulfilling college environment for our students. Dedicated faculty and staff guide students in their growth and learning, creating experienced and confident graduates. Abdourrachid (“Ab”) is a special young man who, up until January, was living in West Africa. As a child in Ivory Coast, Ab and his family watched as their home was destroyed by rebels one night as they fled on foot to Mali, where they found refuge in a friend’s chicken coop. Before long, they were targeted for the language they spoke and Ab and his brothers faced beatings in school. The family returned to Ivory Coast for safety. Despite a break in his schooling and without enough money to afford to complete his education, Ab turned to the U.S. Embassy, which referred him to the library. There, Ab taught himself English and studied for his diploma. On the day that he was to take his exam, he was hit by an automobile and left for dead. Knowing his family could not afford the cost of a hospital visit, Ab found the strength in himself to walk four miles back home where his family dressed his wounds and helped him through a long recovery that delayed his education further. With the love, kindness and compassion of some special people, Ab is now living outside of Boston with the Magnant family and attending Endicott College on full scholarship. He completed his first semester and obtained a 3.94 GPA. With this accomplishment, Ab will live on campus next semester. His dream is to one day educate and build peace in his country and beyond.



Musical Performance: Papua New Guinea Music Foundation

The dancers of the Papua New Guinea Music Foundation will share their indigenous traditions with the world and help spread the message of peace through dance and music.


Tuesday’s Children: A Long-Term Healing Model

Tuesday’s Children provides a lifetime of healing for those whose lives have been torn apart by terrorism and traumatic loss. Our Long-Term Healing Model for disaster recovery and healing through community has been compiled as a training curriculum and valuable resource for local and global community providers, governments, funders and professionals. Through this time-tested approach, Tuesday’s Children keeps the promise to assist all those impacted by 9/11; serves and supports our nation’s Military Families of the Fallen; and builds resilience and common bonds in communities recovering from tragedies.

  • Terry Grace Sears is the Executive Director of Tuesday’s Children, a nonprofit family service organization that has made a long-term commitment to serve and support those impacted by the events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 and other incidents of terrorism and war worldwide. Long devoted to the challenges faced by children, families and communities in the wake of traumatic events, Terry served as the Chairman of the Board of Tuesday’s Children since it’s founding early in 2002 until 2005 when she assumed the role of Executive Director. Terry successfully led the organization through the 2008 recession and the milestone 10th and 15th anniversaries of the September 11th. She has been pivotal in Tuesday’s Children’s evolution from a 9/11-focused organization to a nationally focused nonprofit serving the 9/11 community, military families of the fallen and other communities impacted by traumatic events and mass-scale tragedies. A graduate of Fordham University, Terry serves on the Board of the Sarita Kennedy East Foundation and the Santa Maria Foundation. She is a former Board Member of the Grace Institute in Manhattan, NY, and Our Lady of Grace Montessori School and the Schools of St. Mary in Manhasset, Long Island. Terry and her husband Richard, along with their four children, are lifelong residents of Manhasset, NY a community that was heavily impacted by losses on September 11th.
  • Sallie Lynch is the Senior Program and Development Consultant of Tuesday’s Children. She has over 15 years experience serving families of September 11th victims, responders and survivors. She is the principal researcher and author of Tuesday’s Children’s evidence-based Long-Term Healing Model, a training curriculum, toolkit and compilation of lessons learned on community healing and resilience in the 15 years since 9/11. She previously coordinated a collaborative research and intervention program with Columbia University School of Social Work and the FDNY Counseling Service Unit. Sallie is a co-author of the book FDNY Crisis Counseling: Innovative Responses to 9/11 Firefighters, Families and Communities (Wiley, 2006). Sallie holds an MA in Anthropology from Columbia University and a BA in Cultural Studies from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.


Kindest Kid in America Inspires Children with Cancer

Childhood Cancer Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, seeks to increase childhood cancer awareness and to provide resources to and elevate the spirits of children with cancer.

  • Sierra Preveza, Founder of Childhood Cancer Kids, is a survivor of kidney cancer who was diagnosed at the age of 6. A Wilms’ tumor stage 2, the size of a grapefruit, grew rapidly inside of Sierra. She was very fortunate; she underwent surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital and the tumor was removed. A year after her experience and strong recovery, Sierra decided she wanted to give to other kids with cancer and founded Childhood Cancer Kids. She has three missions: to fundraise for places that support childhood cancer, to provide yoga relaxation techniques for kids going through and recovering from cancer, and to raise the level of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. The Today Show named Sierra the Kindest Kid in America and she is the Sprout Network’s Chief Kindness Officer.




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The Chaeli Campaign is a social justice foundation founded in August 2004 by 5 girls between the ages of 6 and 12 to raise R20 000 for Chaeli Mycroft’s motorised wheelchair. They accomplished their mission in just 7 weeks by selling cards with their artwork on them. What started as a campaign to mobilise their sister and friend has culminated in a fully-fledged social justice foundation that provides a holistic range of services to support differently-abled catalysts of change. The Chaeli Campaign advocates for policy change and system reform to grow more ability-focused and inclusive communities. This foundation is based in Cape Town, South Africa, but has a global footprint with founder, Chaeli Mycroft, recognised as a powerful human rights defender and ability activist. Each year the lives of 7000+ direct beneficiaries are positively impacted through the 7 programmes run by The Chaeli Campaign, with Inclusive Education, Adaptive Sport and Advocacy through Training and the Arts forming cornerstone projects.

The Chaeli Foundation (USA) will be launched in September 2017 with Philadelphia as its headquarters. This organization is a sister-foundation to The Chaeli Campaign (SA) and its start-up projects will be Adaptive Sports, Youth Leadership/Empowerment and Advocacy & Training. Its main focus is to grow social cohesion and inclusion of children, youth and adults with disabilities through its projects. It advocates for opportunities for people with disabilities to be fully included in family and community life – to the benefit of all members of these social units – and will work globally with The Chaeli Campaign towards realizing the Global Goals for Sustainability – especially Goal 10: Reducing Inequalities.

Disability and the rights of people with disabilities is too often assumed and silent – and therefore not fully addressed through all the Global Goals. The Chaeli Campaign and Chaeli Foundation highlight the right of people with disabilities to contribute meaningfully to all aspects of life to enrich our world.

The Permanent Secretariat to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

As well as organizing the tasks of the Summit, the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates monitors the activities of Nobel Peace Laureates, while promoting the adoption of the “Charter for a world without violence” and supporting the work of the Nobel, who participate in the annual Summits at Rome, as mediators in various conflicts around the world (Article 3 of the Statute).

Our Summit is the most inspirational and largest annual event in the field of peacemaking. It aggregates panel discussions among Nobel Peace Laureates and representatives of the leading international organizations, media, business and government in open forums. It gives the opportunity for group and individual meetings with high-profile leaders from around the globe. It has dedicated Student’s workshops organized in collaboration with international organizations and Nobel Peace Laureates. We share our networking of international and national students groups and young social activists, international delegations, elected officials and businessmen from around the world, promoting a unique discussion environment.

Tuesday’s Children provides a lifetime of healing for those whose lives have been torn apart by terrorism and traumatic loss. Our Long-Term Healing Model for disaster recovery and healing through community has been compiled as a training curriculum and valuable resource for local and global community providers, governments, funders and professionals. Through this time-tested approach, Tuesday’s Children keeps the promise to assist all those impacted by 9/11; serves and supports our nation’s Military Families of the Fallen; and builds resilience and common bonds in communities recovering from tragedies.


United Nations Headquarters
UN Trusteeship Council Chamber
405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

Important note:
For UNHQ Access a security pass is needed.
First go across the street from the United Nations Headquarters (UNHHQ)
to the Visitors Check-in Office, located at 801 First Avenue
(Corner of 45th Street) to obtain a pass before going through
UN Security Screening and entering the UNHQ.


13:45 Peace Day ICV Global Youth Summit
14:30 14:45 Chalk 4 Peace
15:00 15:15  Welcome Remarks
15:15 16:00 Leadership, Peace and Global Citizenship
16:00 16:05 Social Media Moment
16:05 16:35 Inspiration and Peace Building on the Path to the SDGs
16:35 16:55 Sustainable Fashion and Creative Innovation
16:55 17:10 Interactive Activity
17:10 17:35 Media's Role in Advancing the SDGs
17:40 17:50 Baja Musical Arts Initiative
17:50 18:00 Well-Being Inspires Well-Doing
10:30  ICV Presents: A Conversation with Jane Goodall
10:30 12:00 VIP Brunch
12:00 12:05 Welcome Remarks by Larry Dubinski, President and CEO of The Franklin Institute
12:05 12:10 Welcome Remarks by Robert Smith, Founder and President of ICV
12:10 12:45 A Conversation with Jane Goodall
12:45 1:15 Dynamic Dialogue between Jane Goodall and Jonathan Granoff, President of GSI
1:15 1:30 Q&A with Dr. Jayatri Das, Chief Bioscientist of The Franklin Institute
2:00  Breaking the Silence: Beyond the Dream (times may change)
2:00 3:30 Let's RISE Up!
3:30 4:00 Sir the Baptist
4:00 4:30 Joey Alexander
4:30 4:45 Howard Gospel Choir
4:45 5:00 String Orchestra of Brooklyn
9:45 am Registration: NYU Skirball Center
10:00 12:30 Movement Makers Morning Session
12:30 5:00 Afternoon Session
5:00 7:00 P&G Presents: An Evening for Women and Girls
4:00  Closed Door Discussion: African Health Systems
4:45  Innovation Showcase
5:00 5:03 Welcome Remarks - Robert Smith, Founder of ICV
5:03 5:10 Creating Sustainable Health Systems - Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO
5:10 5:17 Where is Healthcare in 2030? - Dr. Stephen Klasko
5:17 5:24 Human Rights and the Pursuit of Justice - Kerry Kennedy of RFK Human Rights
5:24 5:31 Championing Women’s Health, Equality and Empowerment - Dr. Alaa Murabit, Global Goals Advocate
5:31 5:38 Well-Being Inspires Well-Doing - Bart Weetjens of APOPO and Sande Hart of Compassion International
5:38 5:45 Investing in Innovation - Les Funtleyder of E Squared Capital and Gary Magnant of Triple Sharp Venture Engineering
5:45                       6:30 Networking Reception


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