Wednesday 10 April 2013: For immediate release
International Experts Gather in Dublin to End Child Poverty Within the EU
Today and tomorrow (10 and 11 April 2013), leading human rights organisations are meeting in Dublin to strategise on how to eliminate child poverty in the European Union. This two-day, high-profile political roundtableand seminar‘Taking action to fight child poverty and to promote child well-being’ is being attended by over 70 participants from nine EU countries and representatives from six international organisations. It is the only EU Presidency event focused on children.
Maria Corbett, Acting Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, said: “One in four children in the European Union is at risk of poverty, or already experiencing it. That equals 25.3 million children. With the economic crisis and government austerity measures, poverty – in particularly child poverty – is escalating across the continent. A key focus of the event is therecent European Commission Recommendation which calls on Governments to ‘invest in children – to break the cycle of disadvantage’.”
“Here in Ireland, we have seen the consistent poverty rate for children rise from 6.3% in 2008 to 9.3% in 2011. Child poverty is a scourge which seriously impacts on children’s rights in Ireland. The Children’s Rights Alliance Report Card 2013, launched in February 2013 awarded the Government a totally unacceptable ‘F’ grade in ‘Child Poverty’ for its retrograde steps in targeting children and families in Budget 2013.”
Paul Ginnell, European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be co-hosting this important two-day event, during which we will come together with our European colleagues to explore how best we can advocate for action by our respective governments on combating child poverty.”
The two-day event is jointly organised by Eurochild, European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) and UNICEF, under the patronage of the Irish Presidency of the EU. It is co-hosted by their Irish partners, the Children’s Rights Alliance, the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) and UNICEF Ireland.
Two sessions are open to the media on Wednesday 10 April (Royal Hospital Kilmainham):
- 9:00am: Global launch of UNICEF Report Card 11
- 15:00-17:30: Implementing the EU Recommendation – keynote speakers include Ita Mangan, Chair of the Tax and Social Welfare Advisory Group, Ireland; Lieve Fransen, Director of Europe 2020: Social Policies, European Commission; and, Daina Urbonaitienë, Deputy Director of the Family and Communities Department, Ministry for Social Security and Labour, Lithuania.
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Notes to Editor:
- To follow the event on Twitter use #childpoverty2013
- Review the Event Programme here
- The European Commission Recommendation ‘Investing in Children: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage’ was launched on 20 February 2013: “Investing in Children: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage” This Recommendation provides helpful guidance to Member States on how to tackle child poverty and promote children’s well-being. It calls for a children’s rights approach and integrated strategies based on three pillars: access to adequate resources; access to affordable quality services; and children’s right to participate. Importantly, it links to the implementation of Europe 2020 and the EU financial mechanisms to ensure progress and monitoring. Member States are encouraged to adopt national targets for reducing child poverty and social exclusion.
- The Children’s Rights Alliance unites over 100 organisations working together to make Ireland one of the best places in the world to be a child. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is our guide to solve issues affecting children and young people, and to bring children’s rights to the top of the political and legislative agenda. www.childrensrights.ie
- Eurochild is a network of organisations and individuals working in and across Europe to improve the quality of life of children and young people. Eurochild relates its work to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. www.eurochild.org
- The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) is an independent network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and groups involved in the fight against poverty and social exclusion in the Member States of the European Union. www.eapn.eu
- UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. In addition to UNICEF’s global presence, UNICEF is also represented in 22 EU Member States by UNICEF National Committees who are serving as the public face and dedicated voice of UNICEF and promote children’s rights within their own country. www.unicef.org