Building a Europe for and with children

Children’s rights top the list of the Ukrainian Chairmanship priorities

11.05.2011 Protecting children’s rights is set as a priority feature of the Ukrainian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers. During the May session of the Committee of Ministers, children’s rights top the list of the items to be addressed, among other issues such as human rights and the rule of law in the context of democracy and stability in Europe, and strengthening and developing local democracy.

Four key areas for harnessing children’s rights have been identified for action during the Chairmanship: combating all forms of violence against children, promoting child-friendly health care and child-friendly justice, and protecting children in the social sector.

Ukraine will support three major events during the Chairmanship:

- an international conference “Combating violence against children: from isolated actions to integrated strategies” on 24-25 May 2011 in Kiev, co-organised by the State Service for Youth and Sport of Ukraine, UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS, and the Council of Europe Programme “Building a Europe for and with Children“;
- a European Conference on standards of protection for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors on 15-16 September 2011 in Odessa, and
- an event on child health care to be held on 11-13 October 2011 in Kiev.

Ukraine will chair the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for the first time ever from 11 May until 7 November 2011, before handing over the chairmanship to the United Kingdom. This is a great opportunity for Ukraine to present its vision for the protection and promotion of children’s rights in Europe.