GCA Webinars

The Global Campus Alumni Association in collaboration with Right Livelihood Foundation organises a series of webinars involving Right Livelihood Laureates, GC Alumn* and experts to investigate crosscutting issues related to Children's Rights.

Deinstitutionalisation of Children with disabilities: challenges and opportunities under the UNCRC, UNCRPD and 2030 Agenda

With Right Livelihood Laureate Yetnebersh Nigussie, Nicolina Milić (moderator), Lazar Stefanovic (speaker) and Rados Keravica (speaker).

22 April 2021 at 1 PM CET

In many countries children with disabilities may not appear in national statistics, becoming ‘invisible’ to decision makers, service providers and the public. The costs of exclusion are significant for both for the individual and for society. Children with disabilities should be at the centre of efforts to build inclusive societies and the ideal setting for them to develop, thrive in, and fulfil their potential to participate as full citizens, is within a family that provides a nurturing and loving atmosphere, or, when necessary, within a community- based care system which is suitable to meet their individual needs and develop and promote their capacities. What are the enabling factors of a successful deinstitutionalisation of children with disability? What is the role of well-designed community service services and education in the inclusion of children with disability?


Ensuring the rights of indigenous children and preserving their culture and special relationship with nature, regional and international examples

WithRight Livelihood Laureate Lottie Cunningham Wren, Natalia Gagliardone (moderator), Juan Wahren (speaker).

29 April 2021 at 4PM CET

In the culture of indigenous people, humans are deeply connected with nature; the two are equal and interdependent. Climate change is hampering this mutual relation, provoking biodiversity loss. But its connection to another loss – that of indigenous cultures – is rarely mentioned. From animals to insects and plants, biodiversity loss cannot be effectively addressed without tackling the rapid disappearance of indigenous cultures. The two are inextricably linked. Indigenous peoples have passed on traditional knowledge for millennia, how can we teach to children the value of preserving biodiversity? What role indigenous people could play in reaching the SDGs? What international instruments have they at disposal to protect their culture?


Adaptation to climate change and children’s rights: challenges and opportunities for children participation

With Right Livelihood Laureate Raul Montenegro, Mariam Muradyan (moderator), Shouro Dasgoupta (speaker), Michael Boyland (speaker).
6 May 2021 at 2.30 PM CET

Environmental damage is a pressing human rights challenge, which affects people at any age. Children are particularly vulnerable, due to their evolving physical and mental development and status within society. Children are important agents of change and can directly develop projects on the ground and participate in local, national, and international initiatives and campaigns. What are some of the the effects of both gradual temperature increase and extreme climatic change such as drought and heatwaves on children’s health? What are some of the adaptation measures and targeted action that builds resilience and participation of children and young people? What are the enabling factors and best practices for youth and children to engage in climate change participation?