Nicoleta Panta is the advocacy manager for Plan International’s Count Every Child initiative, through which the organization has helped register more than 40 million people in 32 countries. Plan’s advocacy has also led to improved laws in 10 countries. Nicoleta joined Plan International three years ago to develop a new direction for Plan’s global work towards universal birth registration as part of civil registration and vital statistics. She believes sustainable changes for the most vulnerable can be achieved by working hand in hand with governments, U.N. agencies, NGOs and the private sector.
If we don't act quickly to ensure all girls and boys are registered at birth, we are going to see a large cross section of society grow up invisible and uncounted. A guest op-ed from Nicoleta Panta, advocacy manager for Plan International's Count Every Child initiative.