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Investing in early years focus of SWA's presence at UNGA

21 Sep 2017


Together with seven other partnerships from different sectors, SWA will organize a high-level event at the 2017 United Nations General Assembly. The session will discuss how investing early, even before birth, in young children’s development – through nutrition, health, education, sanitation, security, responsive caregiving and early learning – is one of the smartest interventions governments can make to address inequality, break the cycle of poverty, and improve outcomes later in life.

The event will mark the start of broad consultations to develop a nurturing care framework for early childhood development – including actions and results that countries can use to guide their investments in early childhood development. In addition, the event will also serve as the official launch of UNICEF’s new report Early Moments Matter for Every Child, which details a six-point action agenda for governments and businesses.

Expected high-level speakers and attendees

  • E. Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia
  • E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile
  • Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
  • Tedros Adhanom, WHO Executive Director
  • Keith Hansen, Vice President for Human Development, World Bank Group
  • Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children International
  • Linda Richter, Distinguished Professor and the Director of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) – National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence in Human Development, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Florence Nakiwala, Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs, Uganda
  • Tone Skogen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • Diana Amini Global Manager H&M Foundation
  • Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President, Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop


11:00am-12:30pm ET, 21 September 2016.

The Every Woman Every Child Hub, North Lawn, United Nations, New York City