Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - A Special Place for Children in EU External Action
COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL, THE
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL
COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
A Special Place for Children in EU External Action
The European Union is firmly committed to promoting children’s rights and responding to their basic needs as an integral part of both its internal and external policies. As part of the process of honouring this commitment, the Communication “Towards an EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child”, adopted on 4 July 2006, outlines a process for developing a long-term strategy for the EU on children’s rights.
Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council - Human Rights and Democracy at the Heart of our External Action - Towards a more Effective Approach
JOINT COMMUNICATION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL
HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY AT THE HEART OF EU EXTERNAL ACTION –
TOWARDS A MORE EFFECTIVE APPROACH
All human rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – are universal in nature, valid for everyone, everywhere. Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms is at the core of the European Union. The protection and promotion of human rights is a silver thread running through all EU action both at home and abroad. On human rights and democracy, the EU must be principled when it comes to the norms and values it seeks to uphold, creative in the ways it does so, and absolutely determined to achieve concrete results.
The Girls Speak Out is an event where girl activists have an opportunity to speak with governments and UN agencies about their work. They will also identify how their work can be supported and elevated by governments and UN agencies. A distinguished panel of respondents will respond to each girl activist, and provide input and suggestions for possible future partnerships.
[Special event in celebration of the second annual International Day of the Girl Child, organised by the Missions of Canada, Peru, and Turkey]
Brasilia Declaration adopted on Child Labour expresses strong resolve to address attitudes and practices that condone or tolerate child labour, including violence and abuse
The III Global Conference on Child Labour, held in Brasilia from 8 to 10 October, took stock of the progress made since The Hague Global Child Labour Conference 2010, assessed remaining obstacles and agreed on measures to strengthen actions to eliminate the worst forms of child labour by 2016, as well as to eradicate all forms of child labour.
Violations of the Rights of Children and Adolescents
Global data shows that some 168 million children are engaged in child labor today, 85 million of whom in its worst forms, which include all forms of forced or compulsory labor, commercial sexual exploitation, illicit activities and hazardous activities. The worst forms of child labor constitute a clear violation of the basic rights of children and adolescents granted by a number of international treaties and instruments. The Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children and adolescents must be protected from all forms of physical or mental violence, abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation.
The Rio de Janeiro Declaration and Call for Action to Prevent and Stop Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents
The General Conference of the International Labour Organization, Having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the International Labour Office, and having met in its 100th Session on 1 June 2011, and
Mindful of the commitment of the International Labour Organization to promote decent work for all through the achievement of the goals of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, and
Recognizing the significant contribution of domestic workers to the global economy, which includes increasing paid job opportunities for women and men workers with family responsibilities, greater scope for caring for ageing populations, children and persons with a disability, and substantial income transfers within and between countries, and
European Union - COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 292 thereof,
(1) Respect for human dignity is a founding value of the European Union, whose aims include promoting the well-being of its people; the Union must protect the rights of the child, combat social exclusion and discrimination, promote social justice and protection;
(2) Children1 are more at risk of poverty or social exclusion than the overall population in a large majority of EU countries; children growing up in poverty or social exclusion are less likely than their better-off peers to do well in school, enjoy good health and realise their full potential later in life;
The 2013 UN Treaty places a special emphasis on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols.
SRSG Marta Santos Pais welcomed today the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, by the Russian Federation. Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Affairs Minister, deposited the instrument of ratification in the presence of SRSG Santos Pais during the first day of the UN Treaty Event.
The SRSG annual report to the General Assembly marks the start of a new phase. It builds upon progress achieved and lessons learned in advancing implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations study on violence against children and it takes into account the priorities identified by the Special Representative for the second term of her mandate, namely: mainstreaming children’s protection from violence in the national policy agenda; addressing emerging concerns; tackling violence across children’s life cycles, with priority attention to the most vulnerable children; and promoting children’s protection from violence as a priority in the post-2015 global development agenda.