Today the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, received Abraham M. Keita of Liberia, the 2015 winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize.
Abraham, 18, was awarded the prize for his role in demanding justice for child victims of violence and for campaigning for the Liberian Parliament to adopt children’s rights laws.
The Envoy congratulated Abraham on his achievement and for inspiring young people to be changemakers and proactive players in taking action against violence and injustice.
Through lobbying, speaking out and writing articles, Abraham has attracted the attention of humanitarian organizations, policy makers and educators.
Since 2008, Keita has played a leading role in the Liberian Children’s Parliament, organizing peaceful demonstrations and petitions, and lobbying for children’s participation to be funded directly from the national budget.
In 2012, Liberia became one of the first countries in Africa to adopt laws protecting children, incorporating both the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the African Charter.
The Envoy also discussed how to support Abraham’s work going forward, particularly in light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their implementation. Keita said he is determined to continue his work, giving Liberia’s young people a voice and providing them with information on their important role in making the SDGs a reality.