The European Forum on the Rights of the Child is an annual conference organised by the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission providing a platform for dialogue between EU institutions and other stakeholders on the rights of the child. It is organised by the EC Rights of the child team with the objective of mainstreaming children’s rights across different European Commission services and better protect and promote the rights of the child in policy-making.
This year’s Forum titled “Delivering for children: towards the European strategy on the rights of the child” will take place online between 29 September and 1 October 2020. Participants include children and young people, national authorities and policymakers, judicial and child protection practitioners, ombudspersons for children, independent experts, international and non-governmental organisations, academics, EU institutions and agencies.
While the Forum has previously been attended primarily by adults, this year the European Commission has made exceptional efforts to actively involve children as participants and contributors. As a result, Eurochild (of which DEUSTO is Member) took a leading role in ensuring that children would be part of shaping the Forum and the future EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child.
Indeed, more than 60 children will be able to participate in the Forum and contribute to the work on the Strategy on the rights of the child. In particular, Eurochild Children Council (ECC) representatives, such as June Albala (Spanish representative supported by DEUSTO), will interact on the opening panel with European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders and on a high-level panel with Vice-President Šuica discussing children priorities and views.
Additionally, the ECC will organise and facilitate a child-led workshop and give concluding remarks on the final day of the Forum.
For more information about the Forum, can be found here.