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Rebeca Rios-Kohn


Rebeca Rios-Kohn has served since 2015 as the executive director of Arigatou International New York Office, a not-for-profit organization working for children’s rights and well-being with its headquarters in Japan and leads the initiative Prayer and Action for Children. She is a citizen of Uruguay and France with 30 years of experience working for the United Nations in the areas of human rights, women, and children’s rights. Rios-Kohn was one of the lead writers of the “Faith and Children’s Rights: A Multi-religious Study on the Convention on the Rights of the Child” (2019), developed by Arigatou International with UNICEF and other partners. Previously, she held senior level positions with UNICEF and United Nations Development Programme. During her tenure with the UN, she worked in over 30 countries leading advocacy initiatives promoting children’s rights. She co-authored “Protecting the World’s Children, a Comparative Study on the Impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Law Reform in Selected Common Law Countries” (2007), published by UNICEF.