Eurocities organizes online conference “Growing up and out of poverty: Lessons from cities for EU Child Guarantee”

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on children, disrupting their schooling, affecting their mental health and well-being, social contact and even nutrition. As more parents lose their income, child poverty is increasing. Fresh new evidence from cities shows that more and more young families with children are asking for help from social services, being among the ‘new urban poor’. Children living in the most deprived urban areas are at three to ten times higher risk of poverty given the accumulated disadvantages. This crisis puts at risk the last decade of progress in cities to reduce child poverty and promote equal opportunities for all children.

What lessons can we learn from cities on what works to reduce child poverty?
How can the EU Child Guarantee make a real difference for children in need at local level?
How can investment in children be prioritised in the EU’s post-Covid recovery?

Join Eurocities to discuss these questions with Brando Benifei, MEP, and rapporteur on the EU Child Guarantee; the European Commission and city leaders from Milan, Rotterdam, Leeds, Glasgow and other European cities. This event will launch a political dialogue between EU and city leaders to deliver an impactful EU Child Guarantee, leaving no child behind, regardless of where they live or come from.

Mayors and deputy mayors will present new city pledges on reducing child poverty to the European Pillar of Social Rights within the context of Eurocities ‘Inclusive Cities for All’ initiative. City leaders will share their local recovery plans with municipal investments in children and their ideas for collaboration with the EU and national governments for making best use of EU funding to support children in need.

The online conference will take place on 18 February @10.00 – 12.00 CET on Microsoft Teams in English.

Join the conversation to build a better future for our children!

 

Photo Caleb Woods. Source: Eurocities