Strasbourg, 26 Nov 2014.
Jean spoke in a debate on the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Jean’s contribution can be watched here.
as we look to children’s futures, we can see that many of them face a very uncertain future across this globe – whether that be the impact of climate change, experience of conflict or the gross inequalities that exist both within and between countries.
“I too want very much to welcome the cross-party initiative in this House and the substantial resolution that has been tabled. The Convention has been an extremely important initiative and, as we look to children’s futures, we can see that many of them face a very uncertain future across this globe – whether that be the impact of climate change, experience of conflict or the gross inequalities that exist both within and between countries. That is why a revised Children’s Rights Strategy is important for us in this Parliament.
We have yet to deliver, for example, on real gender equality throughout the world, which is having such a major impact on so many girls’ lives, as we have clearly seen from the Sakharov Prize winners of last year and this. They clearly demonstrate also the need for every child to be able to live in peace, free from violence. We trust that the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 framework will also help move things forward.”
Yesterday’s EU 2020 Strategy resolution and today’s resolution both make reference to the Commission’s recommendation on investing in children, breaking the cycle and enabling all children to fulfil their potential. I trust that we can bring that perspective into the investment package that was introduced to us today. We need to address the inequality of opportunity faced by many, even in the European Union and even in the richest areas, such as London, which has the highest rate of child poverty in the UK. So there is a lot in which we can invest to help give our children better lives – whether that be housing, better health care or the opportunity to play in a healthy environment. We need to be mainstreaming that way of thinking across all our policy areas.”