A BILLION BRAINS Smarter Children, Healthier Economies wasthe third High Level Meeting on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific.It was held in Kuala Lumpur on 7 and 8 November 2016, hosted by the Government of Malaysia.

The Asia Pacific region is home to some 3.8 billion people – about 52 per cent of the global population. More than 1 billion of these people are under 18 years old and 320 million are under 5 years old. These are nearly half the world’s children – theirhealth, education and welfare will be significant to the future.

The High-Level Meetings for Cooperation on Child Rights are the premiere events in the region to promote and further strengthen South-South Cooperation and triangular cooperation for child rights. The conference has strategic importance for the region as a whole, particularly at this juncture, as we create a roadmap for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals

See how young people had their voices heard.


Government representatives from 29 countries will meet to discuss ways to support progress for children and to build
a better and brighter future for the region. UNICEF will provide support for this significant event.

Promote the sharing of best practices, lessons learned and experiences in the realization of child rights in the Asia-Pacific region.

Support governments and other partners to include the promotion of child rights in international cooperation activities, in line with commitments to realize the SDGs.

Enhance political commitments and leverage resources for addressing socio-economic disparities and realizing the rights of all Asia-Pacific children.

Foster stronger South-South and horizontal cooperation among governments, leveraging the range of technical expertise and experience in the region.