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Global Summit on Childhood

Creating a Better World for Children and Youth Through Sustainability, Social Innovation, and Synergy

Intercontinental Hotel in San José, Costa Rica | 31 March - 3 April 2016

The Global Summit on Childhood, a program within the Decade for Childhood, provided a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue among the global community about the experience of childhood.

The 2016 Global Summit on Childhood brought together individuals from around the world and across disciplines to explore the role of childhood in ensuring a positive human future during a time of rapid change.

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Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría, 2nd Vice President of Costa Rica
Ana Helena is a human rights advocate who has focused her career on public health and child and women's rights.

Alicia Eugenia Vargas Porras, Academic Vice Minister of the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica
Vice Minister Vargas Porras is an established leader in academic research in education and quality management systems for post-graduate studies.

Lina Srivastava, Lina Srivastava Consulting, Regarding Humanity
Lina is a social innovation strategist who combines technology, culture, art, and storytelling to bring about positive social change.

Selena E. Sermeño, United World College
Selena serves as the Ambassadorial Chair for the Bartos Institute for the Constructive Engagement of Conflict of the United World College (UWC)-USA and as an Advisory Council Member to the United World College Costa Rica Foundation.

Octavio Pescador, Juarez & Associates
Octavio is an international development consultant and a global affairs analyst for a variety of domestic and international media outlets. He has taught education and social sciences and spent the last two decades working extensively with students, community-based non-profits, and immigrant groups in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Emily Vargas-Barón, RISE Institute
Emily consults internationally in the fields of education and integrated early childhood development, focusing on policy planning, training, program design, and evaluation research.

Mohit Mukherjee, University for Peace
Mohit is founding director of the University for Peace Centre for Executive Education, an educator-entrepreneur, and an avid player in the field of social entrepreneurship.

Daniel Frank, ReadyNation
Daniel’s primary role involves educating and informing leading Fortune 500 executives and key policymakers on childhood/youth development, education, and related issues.

Faculty from the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University for Peace
Virginia Cawagas, Coordinator of master's program in Peace Education; Gal Harmat, Assistant Professor; and Swee-Hin Toh, Distinguished Professor and Department Head.

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GlobalGivingJoin the Make It Happen Campaign by donating to organizations in Costa Rica working to improve the lives of children and families in Costa Rica. 

The Campaign provides an opportunity for Summit attendees to give back to children in Costa Rica, host country for the 2016 Summit.