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In celebration of the upcoming Universal Children’s Day, World Vision Asia Pacific in partnership with UNICEF East Asia and Pacific will be hosting an online event –Let Our Voice Be Heard: A dialogue between children and government about the impact of COVID-19 on Asia’s most vulnerable girls and boys on November 18 at 1:00-2:30 PM Bangkok time.

In July 2020, World Vision Asia Pacific launched the Unmasking the Impact of COVID-19 on Asia's Most Vulnerable Children, targeting stakeholders in SAARC and SAIEVAC. The results of the Rapid Recovery Assessment enable World Vision programmes to meet better the needs of the most vulnerable children during COVID-19.

At the upcoming event, we will engage the government from ASEAN countries, including Mongolia and the Pacific. We are inviting government representatives to speak as panelists and have a dialogue with children from Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Mongolia, Philippines and Indonesia who were part of the ACT NOW report.

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ACT NOW: Experiences and recommendations of girls and boys in the Asia Pacific region during COVID-19

This consultation included 110 children and young people (71 girls and 39 boys) between the ages of 11 and 19 from 10 countries in the Asia Pacific region, including India, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Nepal, Myanmar, Laos, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Thailand. The interviews took place in-person with physical distancing, over the phone, and through online platforms and followed the minimum standards for consulting with children and young people developed by the Inter-agency Working Group on Children’s Participation.

Resource Speakers

Terry
Ms. Terry Ferrari

World Vision Regional Leader for East Asia, World Vision International

Marcoluigi
Mr. Marcoluigi Corsi

Deputy Regional Director, Unicef East Asia and Pacific

Wanchai
H.E. Mr. Wanchai Roujanavong

Ex-ACWC Chair, Thailand's Representative to ASEAN CWC

Yuyum
H.E. Ms. Yuyum Fhahni Paryani

Indonesia's Representative to ASEAN CWC

Child Speakers

Nomundari
Nomundari, 15, Mongolia

MODERATOR

Theeradach
Theeradach, 17, Thailand
Jayson, 17, Philippines
Jayson, 17, Philippines
Ishak, 17, Indonesia
Ishak, 17, Indonesia
Thepthida, 15, Lao PDR
Thepthida, 15, Lao PDR
Grace, 17, Myanmar
Grace, 17, Myanmar

Guest Speakers

Umali
USEC Tonisito Umali

Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnerships, and Project Management Service, Philippines

Lenny
Deputy Minister Lenny N Rosalin

Deputy Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection on Fulfillment of Children Rights, Indonesia

Bokeo
Dr. Bouakeo Souvanthong

Deputy Director of Hygiene and Health Promotion Department, Ministry of Health, Lao PDR

Hirunya
Ms. Hirunya Srasom

Director of International Organization and Strategy Sub-Division Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand

Nitish
Mr. Nitish Barole

Regional Focal, UN Major Group for Children and Youth