Below you can get a quick overview of previous AFI Changemakers events, to get an idea of the kind of things we do. Remember, we’re always planning new events, so take a look at our Upcoming Events page to see how you can get involved. You can read about the work undertaken at each of these events on our Official Publications page, including an outline of key issues and policy recommendations. Check back here regularly for a summary of what we’ve been doing.
AFI Changemakers at the 32nd UN Human Rights Council
In June 2016, AFI Changemakers attended the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland.The AFI Changemakers summitwas chaired byInesa Pranckaityte and Smriti Sonamand focused on issues pertaining to human rights across the globe. Issues discussed included migration, freedom of expression, global poverty and the right to development. Reports from this event are being finalized, and will be uploaded to theofficial publicationspage soon.
AFI Changemakers at Parliament Week
In November 2015, AFI Changemakers held their first event at the UK Parliament in London. The event was held as part of a nation wide initiative called Parliament Week, which aims to promote democratic engagement throughout the UK. The AFI Changemakers event was chaired by Henry Gilliver and Emma Robinson in Portcullis House, and focused on issues pertaining to international development and human rights. Issues discussed included gender based violence, the UK’s response to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the relationship between multinational organisations and human rights. Reports from this event are currently being written, and will be uploaded to the official publications page soon.
World Health Assembly 2015
May 2015 saw the Changemakers represented for the first time at the 68th Annual World Health Assembly. Delegates were audience to influential speakers like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Working groups proposed solutions in three crucial problem areas; World Health Organisation reform, communicable diseases and the health of young people in long-term conflict zones. Palestinian Changemakers also made their voice heard through a prepared video, discussing the health issues that affect them as people living under occupation.
Social Forum on the Right to Health 2015
2015 saw the AFI Changemakers host their first ever Access to Health Social Forum side-event. Chairpersons Megan Smith and Catherine White both addressed member state representatives and NGOs at the social forum with the Changemakers’ vision for the global health landscape. The three most pressing issues discussed by the youth delegates were mental health, sustainability in healthcare and corruption within the healthcare system. All three topic areas produced full-length standalone reports to compliment the main summit report, which can be found on our official publications page.
Right to Development 2014
In 2014, the second annual AFI Changemakers Right to Development Summit was back with even more ambition, taking place across two full days and involving twice the number of delegates at the first. Youth leaders discussed six crucial issues; food security, climate change, slavery and trafficking, sustainability, conflict zones and discrimination. Of these, the discrimination and slavery and trafficking groups produced full-length complimentary reports in addition to the main report. The 2014 Right to Development Summit also saw youth from across the world make presentations to mark HIV/AID days on the HIV/AIDs and Ebola crises.
Right to Development 2013
2013 was the inaugural AFI Changemakers Right to Development Summit. Youth delegates from across the world gathered at the United Nations HQ in Geneva to discuss the issues they wanted to see pushed to the top of the UN agenda; education, slavery and trafficking, business for development and employment. Delegate Kevin Ackerman also spoke on behalf of the Changemakers as part of a Right to Development panel that also included ex-Prime Minister of Ireland Mary Robinson and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.