|Empowering Women and Children (WWSF, 2002)|
|Walk your Talk|
Children will hold world leaders to account and honor their new commitments
We have a leadership crisis. The world's people, the stake holders, want to see results. The children are waiting and demand performance not only talk.
The minds of leaders have to evolve in order to fulfill the purpose of leadership, namely, solving the problems of today and implementing their commitments while preparing organizations to solve the problems of tomorrow. There is no end state, no final utopia where all problems are solved. Instead we are all engaged in an evolutionary journey in which the complexity of our problems increases at each turn. In today's political climate, the problems we face have serious consequences and our leaders need to be empowered to deliver on their promises, especially those made to children - our future.
An annual Honorary Award is awaiting a world leader who does most to implement the Declaration and Plan of Action adopted at the UN Special Session on Children in New York (May 2002). Achieving a "world first for children", was the aim of the Special Session, which reviewed the promises made 12 years ago at the first World Summit for Children in 1990.
The "Walk your Talk Award" will be given from Geneva in partnership with global non-governmental organizations working for children's rights and development. As of May 2002, the children and youth of the world are invited to regularly send postcards to encourage world leaders to keep their promises.
An increasingly complex set of problems are facing our world leaders and many people and organizations work to evolve them in their problem solving capacities. Our leaders have the power to make massive changes, for the better, and the world community has to empower them to succeed in what they have set out to do.
An appraisal system to challenge implementation of their promises will help identify annually as of 2003, a Head of State who is making the most significant efforts in his/her country in realizing the promised goals and is implementing the Declaration and Plan of Action signed at the UN Special Session on Children (May 2002). The Award is meant to empower them to stay on course and walk their talk.