Getting it right for children: Meaningful participation and equal opportunities

Equal opportunities to engage for equal opportunities. How to empower children to reduce inequalities and be real agents of change?

Large Debate
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
13:30 to 14:45

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted 30 years ago. Significant progress has been made in getting children into schools and lifting them out of poverty. But progress has not been even or fair. Participants will evaluate the implementation of CRC, particularly the right of the child to be heard. Children's increased involvement on matters that concern them can reduce inequalities. Participants will share good practices and recommend how to better involve children in decision-making processes and recognise them as active citizens for inclusive societies and shapers of our future. Children will address inequalities and the ways their participation at local level, at home or school reduces inequalities and positively impacts their journey towards adulthood.

Organised by


Benyam Dawit Mezmur
Member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Mariam, youth representative
UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)
Samila, youth representative from Brasil
Kailash Satyarthi
Nobel Peace Laureate
Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation
Eamon Gilmore
European Union Special Representative for Human Rights
Anna Maria Corazza Bildt
MEP - European Parliament
European Parliament
Oliver Chapman
Senior Social Development Specialist
Asian Development Bank
Sarifina, youth representative from Ghana
World Vision
Mary, member of the Youth Council
SOS Children's Villages in Zambia