Save the Children and ASEAN Business & Investment Summit 2021

Save the Children and ASEAN Business & Investment Summit 2021

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The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) is Southeast Asia’s premier annual forum that brings together the Heads of State, Presidents, Prime Ministers as well as business and thought leaders of ASEAN and its global partners.   This year, in lieu of registration fees, the Summit’s organisers would like to encourage participants to contribute towards Save the Children’s work in Asia and worldwide. Your support will go towards helping children where the needs are greatest at this time. Save the Children champions the rights and interests of children worldwide, putting the most vulnerable children first. With a track record in 122 countries, Save the Children responds to major emergencies, deliver innovative development programmes, and ensure children's voices are heard through our campaigning to build a better future for and with children. 

Why help children now?

Around the world, too many children start life at a disadvantage simply because of who they are and where they come from. Millions of children are dying from preventable causes, face poverty, violence, disease and hunger. They are caught up in war zones and disasters they did nothing to create. And they are denied an education and other basic rights owed to them.

All children deserve better.

Effects of COVID-19 on children

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating consequences for children and their rights, widening inequalities between rich and poor, boys and girls. As the virus stretches health systems to their limits, children are missing out on life-saving health and nutrition services. The pandemic is leaving countless children without caregivers, out of school and in danger. Children and families least able to cope are being hit hardest.

Over 1.5 billion children have had their education disrupted. Children who live in poverty, refugee camps and conflict zones may never return to school – especially girls who are now at risk from early pregnancy or child marriage. And as poverty deepens, children out-of-school may be forced to work to make ends meet.

Children caught in the climate crisis

Compounding the pandemic is a climate crisis which directly affects children around the world and is the greatest threat to their survival, learning and protection. Without addressing the crisis directly, today's children will bear the greatest burden, especially those living in the most vulnerable regions in South East Asia and in the world. Save the Children has a unique role in empowering children's voices and encouraging leadership in the climate movement. We aim to support children – especially the most marginalised who are disproportionately affected by climate change - to be part of the solution and influence decisions by world and local leaders.