10:00 – 10:40 - Registration
Pastries and coffee
10:40 – 10:45 - Welcome
Natasha Kaplinsky, Save the Children Ambassador
10:45 – 10:55 - 100 years of Save the Children
Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive, Save the Children
10:55 – 11:15 - Keynote Speech
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
11:15 – 12:00 - Protecting Children in Conflict: A Role for the United Kingdom
Today, nearly one fifth of the world’s children live in war zones. However, what can we do in the United Kingdom to protect children in conflict? The United Kingdom has a seat at some of the most powerful tables on earth, including the United Nations (UN), North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the Group of Twenty (G20), and the Commonwealth. The UK is also one of the biggest humanitarian donors and has well respected institutions that have a reach across the globe. The panel will explore the role of the UK Government, private sector, philanthropists, and other actors in protecting children in conflict, and the importance of British leadership on this issue.
- Natasha Kaplinsky, Save the Children Ambassador
- Rosy Cave, Head, Gender Equality Unit/ Head, Office of the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict
- Svenja Geissmar, General Counsel, Arsenal and Chair of The Arsenal Foundation
- Emanuela-Chiara Gillard, Associate Fellow, Chatham House
- Kolbassia Haoussou, Freedom from Torture and Co-Founder, Survivors Speak OUT
12:00 – 12:15 - My Rights, My Voice
- Mohammad, 15 years old, Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan (by video link)
- Saba, 14 years old, Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan (by video link)
Today we will hear from Mohammad and Saba from Za’atari Refugee Camp. They are both actively involved in Coaching for Life – an innovative programme by Arsenal and Save the Children which combines football and life skills to improve the mental wellbeing of children affected by conflict. Coaching for life includes an advocacy team, where children in the camp can raise issues thy are concerned about and explore solutions together, with those in positions of power to influence change.
12:15 – 13:15 - Lunch
Exhibitions and virtual reality films
13:15 – 14:00 - Justice for Children in Conflict
What will it take to ensure that perpetrators face justice for crimes against children? Panellists will discuss concrete steps that must be taken for crimes against children in conflict to be more systematically investigated and perpetrators prosecuted.
- Veronique Aubert, Senior Conflict & Humanitarian Policy & Research Advisor, Save the Children
- Diane Marie Amann, University of Georgia School of Law
- Shaheed Fatima Q.C, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
- Jessica Gladstone, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
- Salah Uddin, International Campaign Officer, British Rohingya Community
14:00 – 14:45 - Public Perceptions of Conflict and the Role of the Media
What does it take for the world to listen when atrocities are committed against children? Panellists will discuss depictions of war and the role of the media and NGOs in ensuring a change for the better.
- Sean Ryan, Director of Media Save the Children
- Iona Craig, Journalist and Future of War Fellow at New America
- Dr Nick Gadsby, Founder, The Answer
- Charu Lata Hogg, Executive Director, All Survivors Project; Associate Fellow, Chatham House
- Christina Lamb, Chief Foreign Correspondent, Sunday Times
14:45 -15:15 - Coffee and biscuits
Exhibitions and virtual reality films
15:15 – 16:00 - Children’s Right to Recovery
The panel will set out the powerful case for mental health and psychosocial support for children harmed in war, and what governments can do to put children’s needs at the heart of recovery once war has ended. We will also discuss the important role that humanitarian child protection, education and health activities play in ensuring children’s needs are met in the aftermath of conflict, and how ground-breaking programmes are helping give children the skills they need to recover from war and reach their full potential.
- Abdulkarim Albrem, Youth Ambassador, UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council
- Freddie Hudson, Arsenal in the Community Manager
- Dr Vijay Kumar, Executive Director, MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab
- Dr Leslie Snider, Director, MHPSS Collaborative
16:00-16:45 - My Rights, My Voice
Elizabeth and Sufyaan, two young campaigners from the UK, will join Kirsty McNeill from Save the Children to discuss why the campaign to protect children in conflict is important, the role of the UK, and how we can place children at the heart of our discussions and decision making.
At Save the Children, we advocate every day on behalf of young people whose rights are being violated in conflict, but nothing is more powerful than when young people stand in solidarity with one another and speak out against injustice.
- Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, Save the Children
- Elizabeth, 17 years old, UK
- Sufyaan, 16 years old, UK
16:45 -17:00 - Close
Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security at Chatham House
17:00 - 18:30 - Networking Reception
Please join us for drinks and nibbles in the Bishop Partridge Hall