Council of Europe Policy Guidelines on integrated national strategies for the protection of children from violence


In November 2009, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (representing its 47 member states) adopted a recommendation containing the guidelines. It is the Council of Europe’s wish that this text and the process leading to its adoption inspire the development of national strategies both in Europe and outside the European region.

En noviembre del 2009, el Comité de Ministros del Consejo de Europa (representando los 47 Estados miembros), adoptó una recomendación que incluía las directrices. El deseo del Consejo de Europa es que este texto y el proceso que ha llevado a su adopción, inspire el desarrollo de estrategias nacionales, tanto dentro como fuera de Europa.

Council of Europe Strategy 2009-2011 - Building a Europe for and with children


One of the objectives of the high-level conference “Building a Europe for and with children: towards a strategy for 2009-2011” (Stockholm, 8-10 September 2008) was to discuss the Council of Europe's future priorities in the fi eld of children’s rights. Following the thematic discussion held at the Ministers’ Deputies’ meeting on 18 June 2008, a document outlining the draft elements of the future Council of Europe strategywas submitted for comments to the 320 participants at the Stockholm conference. The strategy presented in this document refl ects the result of the consultation and was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 27 November 2008.

European Union Agenda for the Rights of the Child

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European Commission sets out EU agenda for the rights of the child

How can the EU help protect children's rights in the courtroom? How can we make sure that decisions on cross-border custody cases are enforced as quickly as possible? And how can we prevent kids from getting bullied online? The European Commission today presented an EU agenda for reinforcing the rights of the child by putting the principles of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights into practice. It includes a series of concrete actions where the EU can provide added value to policies for children's well-being and safety, including promoting child-friendly justice, better informing children about their rights, and making the internet safer for kids.

Council of the European Union adopts EU Guidelines for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child


The Council welcomes and adopts the EU Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child (including the implementation strategy). The Guidelines will be an integral part of the process of further strengthening the European Union’s human rights policy in external relations. The Council notes that, together with the 2003 Guidelines on Children and Armed Conflict which will continue to guide EU actions in that specific area, the new set of Guidelines will enhance the European Union’s activities in the promotion and protection of the Rights of the Child by promoting a comprehensive and strategic approach.

Marta Santos Pais talks about the work of UNICEF Innocenti Research Center


 FLORENCE, Italy, 5 June 2007 -- The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (IRC) in Florence was established in 1988 as a centre of reflection and study on sensitive and emerging issues affecting children. It plays a critical role in strengthening UNICEF's work around evidence-based knowledge.

The challenge for IRC is to continue this academic work in a way that is relevant to UNICEF's programmes in the field, providing research that can be used to promote policy dialogue with other UN bodies, governments, international development agencies, research institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Cairo Declaration


The Cairo Conference was held to commemorate the 20th anniversaryof the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which coincides with the 20th anniversary of Egypt’s National Council on Childhood and Motherhood, the national body mandated to coordinate and monitor the realization of the rights of the child in Egypt. The Conference was organised by the Ministry of State for Family and Population of Egypt and co-sponsored by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and UNICEF, with the contribution of a wide range of partners.

Beijing Declaration

Beijing Declaration

 The Beijing Declaration on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific Region

1. We, the delegations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Republic of Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vanuatu and Viet Nam, assembling to build strong cooperation and effective networking at the High Level Meeting for South-South cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific Region in Beijing, China, on 4-6 November 2010.