Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

HRC 34 - EU Intervention: Annual Full-day meeting: rights of the child (res. 27/9 & 31/7) - Afternoon session

Geneva, 06/03/2017 - 16:59, UNIQUE ID: 170306_11
Statements on behalf of the EU

34th Session of the Human Rights Council Geneva, 27 February – 24 March 2017 EU Intervention: Annual Full-day meeting: rights of the child (res. 27/9 & 31/7) - Afternoon session

Mr President,

The EU is strongly committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to ensuring its implementation in EU external policy.

The European Commission proposal for a new European Consensus on Development[1] underlines the EU's commitment to mainstreaming human rights across all policy sectors and to aligning EU development cooperation policy with the 2030 Agenda.

The Global Strategy for the European Union's Foreign and Security policy[2] reiterates this commitment to mainstreaming and the cross-cutting dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The EU and UNICEF have created a tool which ensures that the rights of the child are mainstreamed throughout development programming, budgeting, policy-making and law-making. The "EU-UNICEF Child Rights Toolkit: Integrating child rights in development cooperation" is the result of this fruitful cooperation.

The EU is committed to implementing a rights-based approach, encompassing all human rights. As applied to the rights of the child, it means integrating all children’s rights, standards and principles into the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all EU policies.  

The EU Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child, adopted today by EU Foreign Ministers, provides guidance on how this new policy framework should be taken into account to work effectively towards the protection of the rights of all children in partner countries.

The developments I have outlined are all important tool to address challenges to the realisation of the rights of the child and to provide opportunities to reinforce the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

 


[1] Proposal for a new European Consensus on Development Our World, our Dignity, our

Future, COM(2016) 740 final, 22 November 2016.

[2] Global Strategy for the European Union's Foreign and Security policy

https://europa.eu/globalstrategy/en/global-strategy-foreign-and-security-policy-european-union

 

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