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June 5th, 2015: European Parliament ‘key role’ in protecting children’s rights

What’s the definition of a child? What rights do children have? How do these differ from adults? What is the rights-based approach to development? These were just some of the issues we addressed during a training for MEP assistants and political advisors, organised in partnership with Eurochild. The training was designed to enhance participants understanding of children’s rights, based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and what this means in their day to day work.

June 4th, 2015: EESC debate on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

Acting Head of Plan International's EU Office, Tanya Cox, participated in the EESC plenary debate on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. Among the issues she raised was whether the EU is really prepared to make the changes required by a universal framework. "The speak coming out of parts of the EU system is far from consistent with the aims of a universal, sustainable development framework," she said. “The Juncker Commission is well known to be pushing jobs and growth. But continued growth forever and a day isn’t tenable... What we really need to think about is what constitutes progress for EU countries. Is it only growth measured by GDP?"

May 5th, 2015: 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 event focusing on the issue.