The European Parliament will organise a high-level conference on 20 November to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The conference will consider progress made over the past three decades and reflect on the challenges that children and youth face in the modern world.

It will be opened by H.M Mathilde, Queen of the Belgians, David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament and Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission (TBC).

The conference will also commemorate the 60th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly’s Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Delegates will discuss children’s rights to live and thrive and their right to dream.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child strives to ensure better implementation of children’s rights worldwide. It has inspired the EU and its member states to change laws, policies and practices aimed at the protection and promotion of children’s rights, irrespective of their nationality or residence status.