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The event brought together more than 80 participants, including Ambassadors and other representatives of the Permanent Missions in Geneva, United Nations agencies and NGOs.
Ambassador Peter Sørensen, Head of the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva called the attention particularly to the EU bilateral but also multilateral cooperation: "The rights of the child are raised systematically in our human rights dialogues with partner countries. As outlined in the recently revised EU Guidelines on the rights of the child, the EU will continue to support and encourage partner countries to invest in children and their future, especially marginalized children and those in vulnerable situations."
He continued that "EU will continue to pursue political dialogues in order to promote and protect the rights of the child. The EU will also continue its good cooperation with the UN bodies and Special Representatives of the Secretary-General, regional organisations and civil society organisations."
He shared several of the challenges that children still face today but also emphasized that there have been progress in the area: "We also know now that in order to obtain results we need to invest in the long term, over a generation, working on social norm change through comprehensive strategies for girls and boys but also their families, their communities as well as engaging with different layers of authorities (local, national, regional). We need to turn local representatives into champions in addressing violence against children, conveying the message to whole communities. 50% of our EU Delegations worldwide have prioritized children in their Human Rights and Democracy Country Strategies, we believe this is a good start."
Ambassador Peter Sørensen called for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified human rights instrument (196 states parties), and the 2030 Agenda, as well as for more accountable, equitable and sustainable investment and mobilization of the financial resources.
"Ending all forms of violence against children will continue to be a top priority for the EU".