On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day on 20 November, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy stated the following:

“This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history that has helped transform children’s lives around the world for the better.

On this day, the European Union reconfirms its determination to making sure that every child has every right. Children need to be able to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment � free from violence, exploitation, harassment or neglect. Within our Union and in our external actions – whether in situations of conflict or peace – the Convention guides EU policy, legislation and financial programmes that have an impact on the rights of children. All EU Member States are party to the Convention and together we have strong national and EU legal frameworks that serve to protect children from abuse and exploitation.

Despite all efforts, 25 million children in the EU and 19.5% of the world’s children continue to live in poverty. Children across the globe are victims of abuse, exploitation and trafficking. Children suffer from mental health problems, are victims of bullying and commit suicide. We still have a long way to go to make sure that all children regardless of their place of origin, socio-economic background and migration status can fully enjoy their childhood.

The Convention has also contributed to changing the way the world looks at children: from looking at them as a group of people who need protection, the world starts to recognise children as rights holders, who can play an active role in shaping society. The EU is convinced that in order to ensure children’s rights without further delay, we need their meaningful participation. On the occasion of the Convention’s 30th anniversary, the EU and UNICEF have recently launched #TheRealChallenge social media campaign to engage with children and young people on their rights in a language they understand and via a platform they know.

Today, the EU recommits to the principles of the Convention and to giving children the priority they deserve. Investing in children is not only a moral duty but also an essential investment in a better present and future for all of us.”

Source: Delegation of the European Union to Syria

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On the occasion of Universal Children's Day on 20 November, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy stated the following:'This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - the most widely...