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Europe marks 30 years of children’s rights convention

The European Parliament will mark 30 years since the introduction of landmark child rights legislation with a special international conference.

Belgium’s Queen Mathilde, the honorary president of UNICEF Belgium, will welcome a host of dignitaries for the event marking three decades of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was established to ensure better implementation of children’s rights worldwide.

Brussels will be the setting as delegates including David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament and Ursula von der Leyden, President-elect of the European Commission, discuss children’s rights to live and thrive, while also reflecting on the challenges that new generations face in a global and digital world.

‘Policies aimed at protecting and promoting children’s rights’

Since becoming law on 20 November 1989, the Convention has inspired the member states of the European Union to make vital changes to laws, policies and practices aimed at protecting and promoting children’s rights, whatever their nationality or residence status.

The conference, on 20 November, will also mark the 60th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly’s Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

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Author: Simon Weedy

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