Eurochild’s Annual Conference: focus on child poverty in Europe
The event aims to highlight how EU instruments - and in particular the EU's social inclusion process - can support government efforts to develop long-term, comprehensive children's strategies and to reduce child poverty.
The Eurochild conference takes place just one month after the deadline for Member States to submit their 2008-2010 National Strategy Reports on Social Protection and Social Inclusion (NSRSPSI) to the European Commission. Despite identifying child poverty as a priority, there is a huge gap between aspiration and reality on the ground. Statistics show that child poverty is not falling in most of the member states, in fact it is growing. Already some 72 million European citizens live in or on the edge of poverty, an estimated 19 million of them are children.
The social inclusion strategies do not have child specific targets to reduce child poverty in Europe. They do not frame children's health, education or welfare in terms of their rights. Very few countries take a child rights approach and refer to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
The global economic crisis has already started to affect the lives of vulnerable children and families in Europe. Although the EU has recently announced a rescue package of €2 trillion for the financial sector, many member states have introduced serious cuts to the budgets in areas affecting directly children such as education, benefits and early child care. In some high income countries such as Nordic countries, inequality between people and risk for social exclusion have risen. With this event, Eurochild is taking the opportunity to increase public awareness of the nature and extent of child poverty and social exclusion and what needs to be done about it.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 2008-11-06 09:40.