The European Parliament will organise a high-level conference on 20 November to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The conference on Wednesday in Brussels will consider progress made over the past three decades and reflect on the challenges that children and youth face in the modern world.

Here is the programme.

High-level guests

It will be opened by Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians and David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament. Spanish singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Bisbal will also perform an opening song. Delegates will discuss children’s right to live and thrive and their right to dream.

At 18:10 the same day, the exhibition “Human Rights, still some way to go?”, presented by the network Cartooning for peace, will be opened by Parliament Vice-President Fabio Castaldo in the Mezzanine area, 2nd floor (Spaak building).

If you wish to attend the conference, you have to be registered. Adults can register here and minors can register through this link.


Convention on the Rights of the Child

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child strives to ensure better implementation of children's rights worldwide. It has inspired the EU and its member states to change laws, policies and practices aimed at protecting and promoting children’s rights, irrespective of their nationality or residence status. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history.


Practical information for journalists

Journalists that already hold joint EU institutional accreditation will be able to access the event. For those not holding permanent media accreditation, requests to attend the conference should be made here.


WHEN: Wednesday, 20 November, 14:30 - 18:30 CET.

WHERE: European Parliament’s hemicycle in Brussels, Spaak building.

You can follow the high-level conference live here.