Child in the City Dublin 2020 conference postponed

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have taken the decision to postpone this autumn’s Child in the City Conference in Dublin.

We know that you, our loyal supporters and subscribers, will understand that while the world continues to deal with the far-reaching effects of the coronavirus pandemic, this was a regrettable, but unavoidable decision.

While it is our intention to postpone the event until the second half of 2021, we also plan to organise a webinar to take place when the original conference would have been held, which is 15-17 September.

Health and safety is of the utmost importance

Johan Haarhuis, chairman of the Child in the City Foundation, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic affects the whole world. It will come as no surprise that it also has consequences for the Child in the City Conference 15-17 September in Dublin, Ireland.

“The health and safety of our delegates, partners, speakers and employees is of utmost importance to us. The Child in the City Foundation keeps track of the developments around the COVID-19 virus on a daily basis and follows the recommendations of the governments in the countries where we organise our events. That is why we decided in cooperation with our hosts the city of Dublin and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to postpone the Child in the City World Conference to the second half of 2021.

We will find new ways to share knowledge

Lia Karsten, president of the Child in the City scientific program committee, added: “The structure and themes for the conference in 2021 will be the same but we are also looking at a way to keep sharing knowledge and ideas and stay in touch with our audience. Therefore we will organise a webinar at the dates the conference would have taken place, 15-17 September 2020. More information about the webinar will follow soon.

“We are very sorry to have to postpone but we are also convinced that together we will make the best out of this. We will find new ways to keep sharing knowledge and ideas to promote the rights and well being of children and help create child friendly cities.”

If you have any questions you can contact Marieke Looije-Bouman, Event Manager, by e-mail at or visit the website at

Author: Simon Weedy

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