Thursday, April 7, 2011

European Parliament Alliance for Children

Children make up a third of the world's population, yet are seldom prioritized by the world's politicians. Additionally. approximately 20% of children in Europe live in poverty and lack access to basic rights. To combat these problems, and make children a priority in all EU policies, the Parliament constituted the Alliance for Children. 

The alliance is an informal, dynamic, cross-party and cross-committee group with the goal of raising the profile of children's issues. The alliance will serve to mainstream children's rights into the work of the parliament both within and beyond the European Union.

The initiative was launched by the European Parliament, in partnership with UNICEF and an alliance of international NGOs, including Save the Children, Plan International, EuroChild and World Vision. The commitments of the parliament will include basing all work on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and at least one action on children per parliamentary session.

To learn more, click here.