Reykjavik, 28 March 2023 (TDI): Under the Icelandic presidency of the Council of Europe, the Committee of Ministers is set to organize a high-level conference on children’s rights.

The conference will highlight the benefits of investing in children as a key to the prosperity of nations.

On 30 March 2023, the Ministry of Education and Children of Iceland and the Council of Europe will host this Conference on the theme of “Investing in Children – the Key to Prosperity” in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The conference will primarily focus on the advantages of investing in children. Children’s rights are the best investment for nations.

Minister of Education and Children of Iceland, Ásmundur Einar Daðason, United Nations (UN) Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children addressed the event.

Likewise, Morten Kjærum, Head of the Raul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and Dr. Najat Maalla M’jid, Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work also spoke at the Conference.

Other speakers included Ramesh Raghavan M.D., Ph.D & Head of Advocacy and Campaigns, UNICEF, Benjamin Perks are among the speakers at the Conference.

Furthermore, Regína Jensdóttir the Head of the Children’s Rights Division and Council of Europe Coordinator for the Rights of the Child is tasked with moderating the event.

The Conference will underline the input from the experts at the forefront of implementing the Prosperity Act in Iceland.

It will further establish various approaches to create a framework for analyzing the social cost of failing to support children’s welfare and prosperity.

Representatives of the Council of Europe Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child (CDENF) will also participate in the event. Ahead of the conference Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child will have a plenary meeting on 28-29 March.

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The plenary meeting will review the implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2022-2027).

The Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2022-2027) includes measures such as freedom from violence for all children, equal opportunities, social inclusion, access to the safe use of technologies, child-friendly justice & children’s rights in crisis and emergency situations.

The plenary meeting will focus on enhancing reporting of violence against children and strengthening justice for children through the promotion of the Barnhouse model across the member states of the Council of Europe.

The meeting will as well roll out an earnest plan of action regarding supporting children from Ukraine. The High-level conference will be live-streamed on television and social media platforms.