Children represent more than a quarter of the world's population. However, 25 years after the adoption of the ground-breaking United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, child rights are still too often ignored, unknown or violated in many places. Children are suffering from various forms of exploitation, abuse and neglect and are among the first victims of armed conflicts. Their voices are barely heard and their access to quality basic services is a common challenge.
The EU believes that investing in children is crucial to make the world a better place for the future generations. Children are central to development and great drivers for change in society. Taking them out of poverty, protecting them from violence and promoting their access to education, health and employment is key not only for the wellbeing of children but also for whole societies.
The EU is fully committed to the protection and promotion of child rights. The EU supports - inter alia - projects dedicated to:
- demobilizing and reintegrating children formally associated with armed forces and groups in Colombia;
- taking children out of institutions and promote their social reintegration in Moldova
- fighting the worst forms of child labour in Bangladesh
- ensuring children's access to an identity through birth registration in Mozambique.