European Parliament marks World Children’s Day by launching dialogue with children

Brussels, 20 November, 2017: Children and young people from across Europe will today join members of the European Parliament for a debate on the theme of “the Europe We Want.”

Marking the 28th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the event has been prepared and will be run with the direct involvement of a delegation of children. 

The debate is part of a day of global action marking World Children’s Day, with children “taking over” key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to speak up against discrimination and injustice, and to voice support for children who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted.

Europe needs to strive to get closer to children,” said 13 year old Sharon from Malta, one of 18 children and young people taking part in today’s debate. “It needs to find new ways to get in touch with the reality of children coming from diverse backgrounds. No child is voiceless – it’s just a matter of whether that child is given the chance to use that voice.”