3 August 2016 - Young people asked to make a difference in Asia Pacific

Aug 03, 2016

Join the Asia Pacific Youth Innovation Challenge and submit your ideas at www.hlm3challenge.com between August 1 – September 4, 2016.

Kuala Lumpur, 3 August 2016 – UNICEF is asking young people throughout the Asia-Pacific region to share their innovative ideas to improve the lives of children, families and communities.

UNICEF is inviting young people to submit their ideas via an online portal before September 4, 2016. The ideas will be assessed by a panel of experts and the creators of the most promising ideas will be invited to attend a 3-day boot-camp in Malaysia to further develop their projects. Ultimately, the three winners’ projects will be presented to regional leaders at a major international event, and the young innovators will receive seed funding and mentorship to carry the projects forward. 

“Young people play a significant role in building a better and brighter future for Asia-Pacific, including by using their creativity and energy to find innovative solutions to the problems their communities face,” said Karin Hulshof, UNICEF’s Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific. ”This innovation challenge will provide the inventors and creators of the future with a chance to develop their projects and to showcase them. Government ministers will be introduced to the innovations at a major regional event on child rights, called A Billion Brains - Smart Children: Healthier Economies, to be held in Malaysia later this year.”

The Youth Innovation Challenge is a key initiative that will be showcased at the A Billion Brains - Smarter Children: Healthier Economies event. This major intergovernmental meeting, the 3rd High Level Meeting on Child Rights held in the Asia Pacific region, will be attended by Heads of State and Senior Ministers from Asia-Pacific governments who will seek to share their knowledge and experience to find ways to improve the lives of children. Priority issues that will be discussed at the meeting, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will include ways to maximize returns on Governments’ social sector expenditures, Universal Health Care and systems to protect children from violence.

Young people aged 24 and under are invited to share, develop and test their ideas to address social challenges in these three priority areas.

For more information on the Challenge and to submit an idea, visit: www.hlm3challenge.com Submissions must be received no later than 5 September 2016.

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3rd High-Level Meeting on Child Rights (HLM3) in Kuala Lumpur

On 7-8 November 2016 the Government of Malaysia will be hosting the third High Level Meeting for Cooperation on Child Rights (HLM3) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hosted every three years by a different country within the region, this conference brings together senior representatives from across Asia and the Pacific to explore opportunities for shared promotion of child rights within the framework of South-South collaboration. Three themes have been selected as focal areas for exploration:

  • a. Universal health coverage
  • b. Violence against children
  • c. Social protection for families

During the conference, Davos-style panel discussions will offer participants the opportunity to share their experiences and achievements in strengthening child rights under each of the thematic areas, and discuss new opportunities for regional cooperation. The event will culminate in a Declaration backed by political commitment to further children’s rights around the three thematic focus areas of the conference.

About UNICEF Innovation

UNICEF Innovation is an inter-disciplinary team of individuals working to find new tools, processes and technologies that strengthen UNICEF’s work for all children. Through a flagship unit in New York, regional hubs in Nairobi and Bangkok, and a network of innovation labs and projects throughout the world, the team builds and scale innovations that concretely improve the lives of children. UNICEF’s newly launched Innovation Fund has raised $9 million so far and operates as a global funding mechanism for innovators in developing countries. UNICEF Innovation has launched similar open challenge events at local-, national and global-levels, including 2015’s successful Wearables for Good Challenge in partnership with ARM and frog. Visit http://www.unicef.org/innovation/


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org/nepal

For more information, please contact:

Rupa Joshi, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Nepal, rjoshi@unicef.org, Tel 977 1 9851054140

Christopher de Bono, Regional Chief of Communications, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office, Email: cdebono@unicef.org, O: +66 (0) 2 356 9406, M: +66 (0) 84 427 7431

Fungma Fudong, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, Email: ffudong@unicef.org, O: (977-1) 4417082, M: 9802048256

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