Bio: Dr. Naeem Zafar is President, PAHCHAAN, Associate Professor Pediatrics, and founder head, Child Rights Department at University of Lahore. With 20 years Child Rights leadership experience, he has initiated and contributed to various projects including hospital based management of abused and neglected children, supporting most destitute children, children in emergencies and raising child rights awareness. Being involved in program development, research, advocacy, capacity building, awareness raising, he has initiated a program to engage Pakistani youth in child rights activities through its inclusion in university degree programs. Through an innovative approach he has synergized Preventive Pediatrics with Child Rights in Pakistan

Statement of Intent: A pediatrician, philanthropist and child rights activist at heart and an innovative social entrepreneur with about two decades of experience in child rights at national and international level I have already laid the ground for promoting child rights in Pakistan and Asia. After the successful South Asia Conference on Child Rights we have promulgated a Lahore Declaration with a road map for next few years on 11 burning sub-themes on child rights in reference to health, education, protection, Parenting, online safety, disaster management, disability, law, psychiatric co-morbidity resource mobilization and rights based programming. With our expanding base of young people and professionals in our University and in our country I can lead them to be a force in bringing about a change in provision of rights to the underprivileged in Pakistan to serve as a model for the third world. As a member of a strong International body like ISPCAN my ambitious plan can gain impetus with national and international support for our research, advocacy, training, capacity building and service delivery projects. Now as a head of a child rights department and with ample time and resources at my disposal, I can serve the Council with dedication and be a part of the team which serves to bring a change in the current global child protection scenario