The latest news, reactions and opinions on children's rights and EU external action
Press Release: Ambitious vision lacking in EU’s 2018 budget, say NGOs
[BRUSSELS, 18 November 2017] As EU Member States and the European Parliament just struck a deal on the EU’s budget for 2018, a group of NGOs denounce cuts in EU development and humanitarian aid, taking money away from the poorest and most marginalised.
Press release: #GirlsTakeover EU
On 11 October 2017, Ritah, from Uganda, will become First Vice-President of the European Commission, symbolically taking over the role of Frans Timmermans.
Leave No Child Behind: Interview with EEAS
The EEAS's Eileen Gonnord shares her thoughts on the revised EU Guidelines from the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child and the impact they will have on advancing children's rights worldwide.
Interview: The European Commission ON YOUTH ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
Alessandro Batazzi, Programme Officer at DG DEVCO's "Migration, Employment, Inequalities" Unit talked to us about the European Commission's work on addressing youth unemployment and economic empowerment, with a focus on girls and young women.
EU Member States' real plans revealed?
Caught on camera: Meeting notes* reveal EU Member States plans to ‘hijack’ new Sustainable Development Fund
Press release: EU BUDGET DEAL FAILS TO DELIVER FOR MOST IN NEED
The budget deal promises more funds for the EU’s external action, but diverts money from those most in need.
OPEN LETTER ON #EUBUDGET2017: DON'T CUT EU AID
Open letter to EU Member State Permanent Representatives, calling for a robust external aid budget 2017 dedicated to achieving the core aims of EU development cooperation and humanitarian aid.
STRONG EXTERNAL AID BUDGET CRUCIAL IN FIGHT TO END EXTREME POVERTY
BRUSSELS, 26 October 2016: EU member states must reverse their proposed cuts to external spending and increase aid beyond the budget ceiling if the EU is to meet its commitment to end extreme poverty by 2030.
Interview: Closing the skills gap to address youth unemployment
On International Youth Day, we asked Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director-General of DG DevCo, to answer a few questions about the role of the EU in addressing the ever increasing rates of youth unemployment in the world.
EU migration plan could harm refugee children
EU leaders have rushed through a new framework for migration that will heavily impact people in countries across Africa and Asia. Plan International is extremely concerned about its potential effects on children.
Press release: Reject dangerous migration Plan, NGOs tell EU Leaders
A coalition of more than 120 NGOs, including Plan International EU Office are calling on EU leaders to develop a sustainable long-term strategy for migration management.
Joint Press Release Following #EDD16
Win-win partnerships are key to achieving women’s and girls’ economic empowerment and will lead the way towards sustainable development, according to Plan International, UNIDO, UN Women, and the World Bank Group
Press release: TIME FOR EU TO WALK THE TALK ON 2030 AGENDA
SDG Watch Europe, an alliance of 70 organisations including Plan International wrote to EC President Jean-Claude Juncker calling for him to adopt, as a matter of urgency, an overarching strategy to guide implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Changing attitudes in Guinea-Bissau
16 February 2016: Plan international and the European Commission work together to eliminate FGM/C in Guinea-Bissau, one community at a time
SPEECH: Child protection is a life-saving intervention
2 December 2015: Child protection is and must be considered to be a life-saving intervention in the immediate emergency response.
News: Protection from Violence is every child's right
20 November 2015: Many millions of children around the world live in fear of violence, and we must all step up our combined efforts to change this.
EC Project in Uganda: Switch Africa Green
With funding from the European Commission, Plan International is working to promote the transition to an inclusive green economy in order to help tackle some of Uganda's most pressing problems.
News: European parliament 'key role' in protecting human rights
What’s the definition of a child? What rights do children have? Are just some of the issues we addressed during a training for MEP assistants and political advisors, organised in partnership with Eurochild.
News: What do the SDGs mean for the EU?
What do the proposed Sustainable Development Goals really mean for the EU? That was the question posed by Tanya Cox, Acting Head of Plan International's EU Office, when she addressed the European Economic and Social Committee.
A world at work: India's Saksham project
In India, Plan International is working to fight gender discrimination in wage rates and differences in skills, training and education, as well as in conditions of work.
News: EVIDENCE CRUCIAL IN SEARCH FOR YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS
Share experiences, scale up, think differently. Three key ingredients all stakeholders must remember when searching for solutions to the global youth unemployment crisis, according to participants at a recent World Bank Brussels Office event.
News: WOMEN’S AND GIRLS' ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT: SYNTHESIS FOR SUCCESS
Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is not just about human rights - it is also a vital component of sustainable development, writes Ilza Juhansone, Latvia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative to the EU.
NEWS: ENGAGING TRADITIONAL LEADERS ‘A GAME-CHANGER’ IN THE FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA
The ability to engage communities – from school children to society elders – to change harmful attitudes and behaviours, is critical to the success or failure of our efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak, according to Plan International CEO Nigel Chapman.
Speech: THE POWER OF SOCIAL MOBILISATION: LESSONS FROM SIERRA LEONE
Speech by Plan International CEO Nigel Chapman at "Breaking the Spell: The role of secret societies in Sierra Leone's fight against Ebola" on 3 March 2015. CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY.
News: TIME TO START FINANCING THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION
2000 to 2015 was a great decade and a half for global ‘schooling’. MDGs as the driving force, the number of out-of-school children has almost halved. However, we too often equate access to education with the realisation of a broader right to education, writes Hans De Greve.
SPEECH: POST-2015 FRAMEWORK 'MUST ADDRESS FAILURES IN GOVERNANCE'
Speaking at the opening of the European Year for Development 2015, Tanya Cox, Co-chair of the Beyond-2015 European Taskforce, called for the post-2015 framework to address failures in governance.
NEWS: REACTION TO EU’S POST-2015 VISION
Of particular interest to Plan International are the EU’s approach to the question of the universality of the framework, to gender equality and human rights more broadly, to governance and accountability and the place of young people in future accountability mechanisms.
News: Defend EU aid: An open letter to EU leaders
Together with National Directors of Plan International, we are writing to express our deep concern over the current state of the negotiations on the EU’s budget for 2015. Here is our open letter to EU leaders.
News: Q&A: The EU budget crisis
The EU is currently facing a serious liquidity crisis. With the EC already unable to honour bills legitimately incurred in 2014, Member states have proposed cuts to the 2015 budget, including development and humanitarian aid, jeopardising the EU’s ability to respond to complex global challenges.
News: EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTION ON CHILDREN'S RIGHTS: OUR ASSESSMENT
25 years ago, world leaders made a promise: to protect and fulfil the rights of all children. But the reality is that, 25 years on, that promise remains unfulfilled for millions of children throughout the world.
News: PLAN AND THE EU: FURTHERING SRHR IN TOGO AND BANGLADESH
Most prevalent in developing countries, poor SRHR perpetuate poverty and exclusion. Acknowledging this link, Plan Sweden and the European Commission (EC) have joined forces to bring lasting change in Bangladesh and Togo, where SRHR remain dysfunctional.
News: International Youth Day: time to reflect on (un)employment
International Youth Day is meant to celebrate the efforts of youth in enhancing global society, and to promote ways to encourage youth to make positive contributions to their communities. Despite being the future’s backbone, youth is nowadays facing increasing challenges to do so.
News: From poverty to prosperity: Achieving lasting change for girls
Girls of all ages deserve particular attention in policy and programming. That was the message from panellists at the launch of the European Week of Action for Girls 2014.
Press Release: EU Budget deal 'bare minimum' required
December 9, 2014: Reacting to the provisional deal on the EU’s 2015 budget and the draft amending budgets for 2014, Plan International welcomes the agreement but warns that this must serve as a wake-up call to EU leaders.
Press Release: The EU must move from words to action on girls’ rights
Plan International’s EU Office is calling for concrete action from the EU to tackle the engrained social norms and institutionalised inequality which result in discrimination against girls.
Press Release: EU’s increased efforts to promote gender equality in post-2015
Plan International welcomes EU’s commitment to prioritise gender equality and human rights of women in the next set of goals for a post-2015 global agenda.
Press release: Big win for global education
July 1, 2014: Member States teamed up with governments of the world’s poorest countries and private sector donors to pledge a total of $28 billion to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) fund.
Press release: Our response to EC communication “A Decent Life for All: From Vision to Collective Action”
The document, which proposes priority areas and potential targets for the years following 2015, covers key issues but still fails to take a rights-based approach, says Head of Plan International EU Office.
Press release: EU member states urged to ratify Optional protocole to CRC
January 20, 2014: Children whose human rights have been violated will finally be able to bring their cases to the United Nations thanks to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OP3 CRC) enacted last week.
Press release: DCI deal demonstrates commitment to world’s most vulnerable
The European Parliament has endorsed the final compromise text establishing the Development Cooperation Instrument, one of the EU’s most important external aid instruments, for the next seven years. The deal represents a welcome commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of the world’s most vulnerable in the face of financial austerity.
Op-ed: Malala, and the millions of ‘other Malalas’ like her
Malala Yousafzai’s story has struck a chord, but it symbolises a global struggle. Every day, poverty, discrimination and violence combine to deny millions of girls like Malala their basic rights.
Press release: Parliament's agreement on EU budget welcome
Children's rights and development organisation Plan International welcomes the European Parliament’s agreement on the EU’s seven year budget and calls for limited funds to be invested wisely.
Press release: Life-saving aid under 'silent attack' in EU budget negotiations
Life-saving aid is under silent attack from EU leaders looking to make short-sighted budget savings.
Open Letter: Defending the EU development and humanitarian aid budget for 2014-2020
An open letter from Plan Europe to EU Heads of State or Government, calling on them to defend the European Commission's proposal for development and humanitarian aid budget in the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework.
Press release: Support for education in emergencies Nobel cause
Plan International welcomes the decision by EU leaders to use the Nobel Peace prize money to support education for children caught up in conflict worldwide.
Press release: 75 million girls absent from world’s classrooms must be urgently addressed
The estimated 75 million girls missing from classrooms across the world is a major violation of rights and a huge waste of young potential, according to international child rights and development organisation Plan International.
European Week of Action for Girls 2012
European Week of Action for Girls will draw the attention of the EU to the particular challenges that come with being born a girl in one of the world’s poorest countries.
Op-ed: Double discrimination: Girls in EU development policy
Writing in the Parliament Magazine, Karen Schroh, Head of Plan EU Office, argues that being a child and being female should not mean you are denied your basic human rights.
Op-ed: Giving girls a voice
Have you ever felt invisible? Scared? Worthless? That the choices you made weren’t really your choices at all? Sadly, that’s the daily reality for millions of girls around the world; girls who, because of their age and gender, are too easily ignored, discriminated against, left at the bottom of the social ladder. This must change.
Press release: European Parliament demonstrates strong commitment to children's rights
International child rights and development organisation Plan welcomes the European Parliament’s strong commitment to child rights, gender, health and education in development cooperation
PRESS RELEASE: 1 budget. 7 years. 2 billion children
Investing in children in the 2014-2020 budget is critical if the EU is to meet its poverty reduction targets, according to international child rights and development organisation Plan.
European Parliament support creation of International Day of the Girl
393 Members of the European Parliament from diverse political and geographical backgrounds have signed the Written Declaration 39/11 in support of an International Day of the Girl