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Soyinka, business leaders,celebrities rally for children’s rights

UNICEF has reiterated the need to integrate Child rights and the SDGs into business principles, strategies and plans, which, in turn, can contribute to more robust and inclusive economic growth and improved employment of young people.

UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Peter Hawkins made the disclosure as leaders from Nigeria’s private sector and entertainment industry today joined Nobel Laureate Prof   Wole Soyinka for a reading of his poem” A Child Before a Mirror of Strangers”, dedicated to children around the world in commemoration of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which celebrates a milestone 30th anniversary this year.

He said the Child Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved if all hands are on deck.

While Speaking, Professor Wole Soyinka disclosed that all Nigerians have the responsibility to protect and preserve the integrity of the sole common bond.

He said there is one common bond among all of us, and that bond is childhood. 

Musician, producer and songwriter Cobhams Asuquo appealed to all the children to make the country work.

 “You are all that is right in Nigeria because you are the chance to rewrite all of wrongs that generations before you have done.  You have a chance and a clean state to make this country the place we all dream of.”

  Harriet Thompson, British Deputy High Commissioner in Nigeria highlighted  

 That a strong push will need to be made by all, if Nigeria is to meet the SDGs by 2030.

“The private sector could be a critical key in unlocking opportunities for young people, and also addressing poverty, combatting inequality and tackling environmental problems.”

“We are pleased to work with UNICEF, the private sector, and young people themselves on ideas that will contribute to a better Nigeria for current and future generations of children,”

“With the anniversary of the CRC this year, the 30th anniversary of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child next year and only 10 years left to achieve the SDGs, we must work together and with urgency to scale-up solutions in Nigeria that will improve our planet and all people’s lives, especially the  children.”

The event, a collaboration between UNICEF and the British Deputy High Commission, brought key leaders and influencers from Nigeria’s private sector and entertainment industry together to discuss how these sectors can help advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the realization of children’s rights.

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