No Lost Generation champions are influential individuals who passionately believe that children and youth affected by the Syria crisis must be protected, have access to safe, equitable, quality education; and be given opportunities to meaningfully engage and contribute to social and economic life. They promote the goals of No Lost Generation in their private and public communications as well as delivering key messages at high-level events and over social media.

Tove Wang
Tove Wang, previous CEO of Save the Children Norway

“The fact that we are failing a whole generation of Syrian children is unbearable. Now is not the time for broken promises. Donors, governments and NGOs must be innovative and generous so children can get the quality education they need and are entitled to.”
–Tove Wang, CEO of Save the Children Norway

Neal Kent Guyer
Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO Mercy Corps

“The international community must proactively engage, equip, and empower this generation of future leaders, bureaucrats and workers who have limitless potential and are critical to rebuilding the region. Even if a political resolution is achieved tomorrow, substantial investments in adolescents will still be needed. Investments today in young men and women need to be holistic and focus on meeting their urgent needs, including: access to formal and alternative education and economic opportunities; psychosocial support to manage the traumas of war; and social cohesion programs that link them with meaningful ways to connect to their communities in Syria and in refugee hosting countries and youth networks across the world. These pieces together will contribute towards building a stronger tomorrow for the entire region.”
– Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO Mercy Corps

Geert Cappelaere
Geert Cappelaere, previous Regional Director MENA UNICEF

“Mankind may have proven once again in Mosul and other parts of Iraq its massive power to destroy and destruct. But another much stronger power left a deeper impression: the determination to rebuild and get on with life. Children were so excited speaking of their aspirations, sharing their happiness of being able to play and study again.”
– Geert Cappelaere, Regional Director UNICEF MENA

Panos Moumtzis,  UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator

“It is simply unacceptable that children continue being killed and injured every single day. Children have paid the highest price for wars that they have absolutely no responsibility for. They are children – children! Their lives have been cut short, their families forever broken in grief. Not hundreds, not thousands but millions more children in the Middle East and North Africa region have their childhood stolen, maimed for life, traumatized, arrested and detained, exploited, prevented from going to school and from getting the most essential health services; denied even the basic right to play. We collectively continue failing to stop the war on children! We have no justification. We have no reason to accept a new normal. Children may have been silenced. But their voices will continue to be heard! Their message is our message: The protection of children is paramount under all circumstances, in line with the law of war. Breaching that law is a most heinous crime and jeopardizes the future – and not just for children.”
– Panos Moumtzis, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator

Yasmine Al-Sharif
Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) and No Lost Generation (NLG) share a vision for the children and youth of Syria. We recognize that quality education, resilience and protection are interrelated – one cannot do without the other. We also recognize that the children and youth of Syria are in a race against time. As such, our shared vision is above all one of collective action: investing in their human capital cannot wait. - Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait

Dr. Meraikhi
Dr. Al Meraikhi, the UN Humanitarian Envoy to the UN Secretary-General

“Every Syrian and Iraqi child has the right to learn and develop in a safe environment. When violence shuts downs schools, splits up families, and puts children in harm’s way, we can’t just fail those children. It is our collective responsibility to support them. This should be at the top of the priority list for anyone who would like a peaceful and productive future for the region.”
– Dr. Al Meraikhi, the UN Humanitarian Envoy to the UN Secretary-General

Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Actress, Activist

“The young people I met have all survived fleeing Syria during the conflict. They thrive to be in school and are not giving up on their dreams and aspirations – and we shouldn’t give up on them - they need us more than ever.”
– Priyanka Chopra

Muzoon Al-Mellahan, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Education Activist

“Conflict can take away your friends, your family, your livelihood, your home, but it can never take away your knowledge. I hope one day to [..] tell stories of how the children of Syria returned to rebuild their country with their education"
– Muzoon Al-Mellahan

Ishmael Beah
Ishmael Beah, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Children Affected by War, Author, Human Rights Advocate

“I know from experience that all that pain, that unimaginable suffering, and that sense of loss of humanity, can all be refocused towards something positive. Especially when you have someone who believes in you, supports you and extends a helping hand. With the right support, children and young people can grow to their full potential”
– Ishmael Beah