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EU at the UN

The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

6 March 2017, Brussels – Today, EU Foreign Ministers adopted the revised EU Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child – Leave no Child Behind.

Children have the potential to be the greatest agents of change and sustainable development in their communities and in their countries. They are the leaders of tomorrow. The EU will continue to stand up for the rights of every child to reach their full potential in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols.

These Guidelines set out the EU’s overarching strategy to strengthen efforts to ensure every child, in particular the most marginalised, is reached by EU policies and actions.

To achieve this aim the Guidelines promote a systems-strengthening approach which identifies all the necessary measures, structures and actors which need to be in place to protect all the rights of all children. The importance of a rights-based approach, encompassing all human rights, and how it can be operationalised is also underlined.

  • Ref: EU17-0306
  • EU source: European Union
  • UN forum:
  • Date: 06/03/2017

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