The United Nations Correspondents Association held a press conference with Lumos to launch their new report A Goal Within Reach: Ending the Institutionalization of Children to Ensure that No One is Left Behind.
Sharon Riggle, Chief of Office, USG/UN Secretary General’s special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict
Dana Sleiman, Senior Public Information Office, UNHCR
Aniruddha Kulkarni, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF
Ruth Wacuka, Kenya Society of Care Leavers, (video statement)
Debra Jones, Global Advocacy and Campaigns Director, Lumos (moderator)
Children belong in families, not orphanages. Lumos has a bold vision: a world in which all children have the
opportunity to grow up and thrive in a safe and caring family.
More than 80 years of research has shown us that raising a child in an institution harms their health and
development. The work Lumos does demonstrates the proven benefits of family care and tackles the root causes of
family separation including poverty, trafficking, and discrimination.
Lumos speaks on behalf of the millions of children trapped in orphanages and other institutions worldwide to
transform their care, so every child can thrive in families and communities.
Named after the light-giving spell in Harry Potter, Lumos was founded by J.K. Rowling in 2005.
Find out more www.wearelumos.org
This is how the battles in the Parliament (US Congress) are fought passionately and with the fervor of conviction - loud and clear; blame and shame. The Balkans is not the political epicenter of polarly different interests and all other disagreements. Anyway, listen for yourself twitter.com/FrankMikeDavis…
AOC will not be silenced, either!https://t.co/NS1fpM7SlE— Dr. Mike Davis 🌊 (@FrankMikeDavis1) February 2, 2023
And we have our own fights in America 🇺🇸 Although, after all politics is not everything. How can I convince myself in that simple truth? Maybe by quoting Plato: "He who does not desire power is fit to hold it." Okey 🥸 twitter.com/Victorshi2020/…
Let’s be clear: Republicans are doing everything they can to strip Ilhan Omar of her committee assignments because they are scared of her. They’re intimidated she is a woman & person of color who isn’t afraid to use her voice. But no matter what, Ilhan Omar will not be silenced.— Victor Shi (@Victorshi2020) February 2, 2023
Balkans is not on this list. It seems also the Balkan countries are yet not aware of their comparative advantages: of all ten I find the UN's contribution to localization the most fascinating, after our general infatuation with the trend of globalization. So, go local 🇧🇦🇪🇺 Or no? twitter.com/UN/status/1620…
As humanitarian needs skyrocketed last year, see how @UNOCHA worked around the world to save lives and help people impacted by disaster and crisis. https://t.co/RvlpCWTUwF ⬇️— United Nations (@UN) February 1, 2023