European Union Agenda for the Rights of the Child

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European Commission sets out EU agenda for the rights of the child

How can the EU help protect children's rights in the courtroom? How can we make sure that decisions on cross-border custody cases are enforced as quickly as possible? And how can we prevent kids from getting bullied online? The European Commission today presented an EU agenda for reinforcing the rights of the child by putting the principles of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights into practice. It includes a series of concrete actions where the EU can provide added value to policies for children's well-being and safety, including promoting child-friendly justice, better informing children about their rights, and making the internet safer for kids.

Council of the European Union adopts EU Guidelines for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child


The Council welcomes and adopts the EU Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child (including the implementation strategy). The Guidelines will be an integral part of the process of further strengthening the European Union’s human rights policy in external relations. The Council notes that, together with the 2003 Guidelines on Children and Armed Conflict which will continue to guide EU actions in that specific area, the new set of Guidelines will enhance the European Union’s activities in the promotion and protection of the Rights of the Child by promoting a comprehensive and strategic approach.

Marta Santos Pais talks about the work of UNICEF Innocenti Research Center


 FLORENCE, Italy, 5 June 2007 -- The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (IRC) in Florence was established in 1988 as a centre of reflection and study on sensitive and emerging issues affecting children. It plays a critical role in strengthening UNICEF's work around evidence-based knowledge.

The challenge for IRC is to continue this academic work in a way that is relevant to UNICEF's programmes in the field, providing research that can be used to promote policy dialogue with other UN bodies, governments, international development agencies, research institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Cairo Declaration


The Cairo Conference was held to commemorate the 20th anniversaryof the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which coincides with the 20th anniversary of Egypt’s National Council on Childhood and Motherhood, the national body mandated to coordinate and monitor the realization of the rights of the child in Egypt. The Conference was organised by the Ministry of State for Family and Population of Egypt and co-sponsored by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and UNICEF, with the contribution of a wide range of partners.

Beijing Declaration

Beijing Declaration

 The Beijing Declaration on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific Region

1. We, the delegations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Republic of Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vanuatu and Viet Nam, assembling to build strong cooperation and effective networking at the High Level Meeting for South-South cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific Region in Beijing, China, on 4-6 November 2010.

SRSG Message - International Day for Street Children


 SRSG on violence against children, Marta Santos Pais, joins the launch of the first International Day for Street Children (April 12th 2011)

" This International Day is an extraordinary opportunity to reverse this pattern, and to launch an era where the fulfilment of the rights of street children, and their effective protection from violence, can define their universe.

Today is the time to call for urgent action!

The South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC) Workplan 2010 - 2015


The SAIEVAC strategic plan for 2010–2015 includes time-bound targets to help to monitor periodic progress achieved. This process is overseen by the Governing Body, comprising national coordinators representing the eight Governments in the region, and with leading coordinating responsibilities at the national level, two representatives from civil society organizations and two representatives from the Regional Child Participation Network.