Janet Nelson has been a member of ATD Fourth World’s international Board of Directors since 2006. She took on the role of Vice President in January 2015. As as ATD representative at the United Nations in Geneva, she continues to promote the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (adopted in 2012) as a viable tool for making human rights work for everyone.
About us Promoting a quality education for all has been the central focus of ATD Fourth World members in Burkina Faso. In October 2014, after various events at the international level, members brought their message back to the local level, re-iterating the eight proposals put forth by the local Committee of Partners for the Educational Success of All:
About us School should be a happy time, when children can learn, build friendships and develop social relationships. Children start to acquire an understanding of their place in the community and societies rules. They can develop critical thinking, ask questions and discover the wonders and mysteries of the world. When you build a quality education system you start to free society from ignorance and servitude.
International Action The UN Human Rights Council has formed a working group to develop a proposed text on the Right to Peace. ATD Fourth World has contributed to their discussions, in order to call attention to our work on the violence of extreme poverty, and to the need to recognize that achieving peace in societies requires more than preventing armed conflict. Below is a joint NGO statement that ATD Fourth World co-signed in order to once again call the attention of the full Human Rights Council to this fact.