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Young children in crisis: addressing the impact of COVID-19, climate change, and environmental degradation. 

This year’s conference aims to bring about strong awareness among policy makers and practitioners of the substantial threats young children are facing due to the multiple crises affecting them, i.e., COVID-19, climate change and environmental degradation. The conference provides a platform to generate opportunities in the region around cross-sectoral and cross-country collaboration to strengthen ECD programmes as a whole and highlight context-specific ECD and multisectoral responses to localised impacts on young children and their communities. 

Specifically, the conference aims to: 

·        Raise awareness among policy makers and practitioners of the compounding impact of the crises of COVID-19, climate change and environmental degradation on the family wellbeing and young children’s development and learning across the lifespan. 

·        Strengthen advocacy efforts within the region on how ECD policies, programs, and services can be strengthened to respond to these three crises affecting young children and their families; 

·        Share knowledge, tools and innovative practices developed at the national, sub-national and community level to promote nurturing care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and environmental degradation affecting young children’s development; and 

·        Strengthen multi-sectoral partnerships and ECD investments among existing and potential stakeholders, amidst these multiple crises, to create nurturing and sustainable environments for young children. 

Conference Sub-Themes 

The conference sub-themes provide opportunities for presenters and participants to share evidence, policies, strategies, tools, and practical solutions that, in the context of the crises described above, can increase greater understanding and commitment to a more resilient ECD system in support of more nurturing and sustainable environments for young children.

Subtheme 1: ECD and COVID-19 

Subtheme 2: ECD and climate change 

Subtheme 3: ECD and environmental degradation (outdoor and indoor air pollution, exposure to harmful toxins, lack of clean and protective play and recreational spaces for children) 

Format of the Conference 

The conference will be held virtually from July 5-8, 2022. It consists of half-day and full day sessions.   

The Conference will have a combination of:

  • Remarks from Ministers and/or Senior Government officials 
  • Plenary sessions with keynote speakers/resource persons covering the conference theme and sub-themes. 
  • Panel discussions (webinar-type) with regional experts and country representatives
  • Workshops and virtual field visits 

*We will not be issuing call for paper or schedule paper/poster presentations for this virtual conference* 

Conference fee ( Currency: US Dollars) 

We are providing different registration options as follows:

2-Day Pass (Day 1 & 2 only)

  • Early bird rate (till 15 June 2022) : USD 90/pax
  • Regular rate (from 16 June 2022) : USD100/pax

4-Day Full Conference Pass 

  • Early bird rate (till 15 June 2022) : USD 150/pax
  • Regular rate (from 16 June 2022) : USD180/pax

Group Registration for 4-Day Full Conference Pass (Minimum of 5 pax for group registration) 

  • Early bird rate (till 15 June 2022) : USD 690/group
  • Regular rate (from 16 June 2022) : USD 840/group

ONLY online payment is supported on the platform. If you would like to make a telegraphic transfer, please send us an e-mail at secretariat@arnec.net. 

Agenda

Tue, Jul 5

10:00 AM

10:05 AM

10:30 AM

10:40 AM

11:00 AM

11:30 AM

11:45 AM

02:00 PM

02:05 PM

02:15 PM

02:30 PM

02:45 PM

03:00 PM

Speakers

31 Speakers

H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron
H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron

Honourable Minister at Ministry of Education Youth and Sports

H.E.Mrs.Fazilatun Nessa Indira MP
H.E.Mrs.Fazilatun Nessa Indira MP

Honourable State Minister at Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Bangladesh

H.E. Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete
H.E. Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete

Minister, Ministry of Health and Medical Services

H.E.Dasho Dechen Wangmo
H.E.Dasho Dechen Wangmo

Minister, Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan

Dr. Bimala Rai Paudyal
Dr. Bimala Rai Paudyal

Member of Parliament at National Assembly, Federal Parliament of Nepal

Sheldon Shaeffer
Sheldon Shaeffer

Chair, Board of Directors at Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood

Shigeru Aoyagi
Shigeru Aoyagi

Director, UNESCO Bangkok at Asia And Pacific Regional Bureau For Education

Myo-Zin Nyunt
Myo-Zin Nyunt

Deputy Regional Director at UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office

George Laryea-Adjei
George Laryea-Adjei

UNICEF Regional Director, South Asia at UNICEF ROSA

James Cairns
James Cairns

Senior Director for Strategic Engagements and Orga at HCDC

Erinna Dia
Erinna Dia

Associate Director at UNICEF HQ/ New York

Cecilia Vaca Jones
Cecilia Vaca Jones

Strategic Advisor, (Former Executive Director) at Bernard van Leer Foundation

Bernadette Daelmans
Bernadette Daelmans

Unit Head, Child Health and Development Unit, MCA at World Health Organisation (WHO)

Mita Gupta
Mita Gupta

Presenter

Teresita G. Inciong
Teresita G. Inciong

Presenter

Tim Huang
Tim Huang

Sukhna Sawhney
Sukhna Sawhney

Presenter

Caroline Essame
Caroline Essame

Presenter

Deki Pem
Deki Pem

Presenter

Phillip Erbele
Phillip Erbele

Presenter

Adrian Cerezo
Adrian Cerezo

Presenter

Samyukta Subramanian
Samyukta Subramanian

Presenter

Nicole Rodger
Nicole Rodger

Moderator

Jessica Hampton
Jessica Hampton

Moderator at -

Tan Beng Luan
Tan Beng Luan

Presenter at -

Axel Berthome
Axel Berthome

Meenakshi Dogra
Meenakshi Dogra

Presenter

Margaret Sims
Margaret Sims

Moderator

Maggie Koong
Maggie Koong

Moderator

Sara Dang
Sara Dang

Moderator

Evelyn D.Santiago
Evelyn D.Santiago

Executive Director at Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood

2022 Asia-Pacific Regional Virtual Conference on Early Childhood Development (ECD)

Jul 05 - 08, 2022