Eurochild’s 7th annual conference was hosted by the Regional Development Council of Örebro.
2010 is the European Year against poverty and social exclusion. Child poverty is on the top of the political agenda. Eurochild – a European network of organisations promoting the rights and welfare of children in Europe – took the opportunity of its 7th annual conference to look at how all stakeholders can work together to end child poverty. The conference was co-hosted by the Regional Development Council of Örebro, member of Eurochild.
Children have the highest stake in an inclusive, prosperous Europe. Poverty and social exclusion are a denial of children’s rights, which can undermine their development and limit the realisation of their full potential. Ending child poverty is the most effective means of achieving long-term social cohesion and equality.
This conference had three overarching objectives:
- In the framework of EY2010 against poverty and social exclusion, highlight the importance of EU efforts in helping member states fight child poverty and social exclusion, and bring suggestions of how this effort can be reinforced in the future.
- Demonstrate why investment in children and families must remain a top political priority, even in times of scarce public finances.
- Show practical examples of working together to end child poverty and how this leads to better outcomes for children. This includes demonstrating cooperation between NGOs, local/regional authorities and other service providers; the role of researchers; and the benefits of direct involvement of children and families.
Among the speakers were:
- Maria Larsson, Swedish Minister for Children and the Elderly
- Philippe Courard, Belgian Secretary of State for Social Integration and the Fight Against Poverty
- Lazlo Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (via Video Speech and Interview)
- Lena Holm, Secretary General, The Mayflower Charity Foundation & Ambassador of the European Year 2010
- Tapio Salonen, Professor in Social Work and research leader for a multi-disciplinary research group (citizen participation and social inclusion) at Linnaeus University, Sweden
- Heather Rushton, Deputy Director, Centre for Excellence and Outcomes (C4EO) in Children and Young People’s Services
- Wieslislawa Warzywoda-Kruszynska is the Director or the Institute of Sociology at the University of Lodz, Poland.
Workshops showcased good practice examples of how municipalities, NGOs, families & children and researchers are working together to end child poverty. They focussed specifically on governance and coordination and how their approach has led to better outcomes for children and families.
CAMPAIGN TRAIN AGAINST CHILD POVERTY
A delegation of Eurochild's members and friends made the trip to Örebro by train. In Brussels, Cologne and Copenhagen they met with child poverty experts and the media to inform about the End Child Poverty campaign and the Annual Conference in Sweden.
On the train and in the stations they spoke to passengers about the campaign and collected signatures for the petition.
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For the Concluding Statements: click here
For the Conference Report: click here
For the Press Release on the last day: click here
In the Media: click here
For some Videos of the Conference: click here (Eurochild's YouTube Channel)
For Photos of the Conference: click here (Photobucket Slideshow)
For the Programm and Presentations: click here
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