A Joint position paper for the upcoming EU strategy on the rights of the child

The EU is working on a comprehensive Child Rights Strategy, whose adoption is planned for the first quarter of 2021, to champion the rights of the child within its border and across the world. This Strategy will build upon the 2006 Communication: “Towards an EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child” and the 2011 EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child  to provide a comprehensive policy framework for children’s rights, bringing all existing and future EU actions and policies on children’s rights under one single umbrella. 

DCI together with other Child Rights organisations across Europe have signed off  the position paper available here, highlighting the core principles enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), its General comments and the UN 2030 Agenda. The priorities are also structured around the political guidelines of the 2019-2024 European Commission, making sure that children’s rights are mainstreamed in EU’s main priorities. 

In this Joint Statement, we are calling on the EU Institutions for:

  • An economy that works for children
  • An inclusive approach to protecting children in accordance with EU fundamental rights
  • A stronger Europe for all children in the world,
  • Defending children’s rights in a world fit for the digital age
  • A role for children in the European Green Deal,
  • A new push for rights-based, meaningful, and inclusive child participation in European democracy.
© DCI-Greece, 2019

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