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EU Guidelines: Leave No Child Behind

The newly adopted EU Guidelines on the Rights of the Child set the EU’s overarching strategy to defend and promote children’s rights in the world.

#YouthTakeover: Join the conversation

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Join the conversation using #YouthTakeover #EU4Children

Through its actions and policies, the EU has the ability to positively influence the lives of millions of children worldwide. The revised EU Guidelines on the Rights of the Child are central to this effort, as they set the EU’s overarching strategy to defend and promote children’s rights in the world.

Their adoption deserves to be celebrated, and young people's opinions on them must be heard. Young people have views and they have a voice. Their right to be heard in the decisions which affect them is one of the guiding principles in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and underpins all EU action. 

That's why Plan International is partnering with the European External Action Service and EU Delegations worldwide to bring you a global social media #YouthTakeover.

Young people from Plan International's programme countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas will share their thoughts on the challenges they face, their potential as drivers of change, what needs to be done to protect children's rights in their country, and much much more.

Takeovers will be happening throughout the month of April. Just follow #YouthTakeover and #EU4Children to take part in the conversation.

Follow @PlanEU and @eu_eeas for updates.

About the Guidelines

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Plan International EU Office strives to advance children's rights and equality for girls in EU external action

The EU Guidelines on the Rights of the Child set out the actions that EU officials should take, outlining the principles underpinning EU action, the priorities for EU engagement and the tools which can be used. The “Operation Guidelines” set out the actions the EU itself should undertake, as well as actions that the EU should encourage partner countries and other relevant actors to take.

The Guidelines take a “systems-strengthening” approach, in line with the obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to protect the rights of all children through appropriate measures, structures and resources.

The Guidelines are aimed at all officials of EU Institutions and EU Member States working on external relations with impacts outside the EU, whether in Brussels, EU Delegations or Member State Embassies. 

Find out more and download the Guidelines on the European External Action Service website.