20 November is the Universal Children’s Day, marking the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. This year, major international and European child rights organisations use the occasion to appeal for a better understanding of children’s rights at the European Parliament. By launching a European Manifesto, we call for a political commitment to promoting children’s rights in European Parliament politics in the run-up to the EP elections 2014.
Child Rights Manifesto
Children make up half the population in developing countries.
Around 100 million children live in the European Union.
The lives of children the world over are affected daily by EU policies, legislation and actions.
All EU Member States are parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and have clear legal obligations to promote, protect and fulfill the rights of every child in their jurisdictions.
The Lisbon Treaty makes the promotion of children’s rights an explicit objective of EU internal and external affairs and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights requires that the best interests of the child is a primary consideration in all EU action.
It is time to translate these commitments into concrete results for children!
As Member of the European Parliament: Make a commitment to be a Child Rights Champion.
You can join the Manifesto at childrightsmanifesto.eu
Read the full text of the Manifesto here