On 21 October 2021, the Council of Europe Children’s Rights Division is hosting an online high-level conference on “Progress towards meaningful child participation in decision making – a multi-stakeholder dialogue”, organised in the framework of the European Union and Council of Europe joint project “CP4Europe – Strengthening National Child Participation Frameworks and Action in Europe”, implemented in partnership with 5 countries – the Czech Republic, Iceland, Portugal, Slovenia and Finland.
The high-level conference offers a key opportunity to reflect constructively on how to make theoretical concepts of child participation work in practice, directly in collaboration with children. The event aims to establish a multi-level dialogue between all stakeholders at European and national level and to dive into such discussions with children, as ultimate beneficiaries and agents of change.
The conference brings together high-level representatives of national authorities and other institutions, members of international organisations, civil society, as well as child participation experts and academics, in dialogue with children.
In this event, children are speakers and active participants just as adults. Children and young people will be contributing to debates with distinguished speakers throughout all the sessions, in order to collaboratively design their role in our democracies and create space for their participation in decision making at all levels.