Director, Kids Rights Foundation

Marc Dullaert is the founder and chair of the KidsRights Foundation and founder of the International Children’s Peace Prize. KidsRights is active on four continents and promotes children’s rights with children as changemakers. He was the first Ombudsman for children in the Netherlands and was president of ENOC representing ombudspersons and commissioners for children from 33 European countries. He has published over 30 surveys regarding child rights issues and took the initiative to develop the KidsRights Index, an instrument that measures how 196 countries worldwide adhere to children’s rights. He calls on the EU, European countries and third countries in the region to implement a child rights perspective in the reception of migrating children. In his view, safety and fundamental rights are currently at stake for children on the move to and through Europe. A comprehensive EU action plan should be adopted for children in migration covering all children on the move, including children who are accompanied by their relatives and/or guardians, unaccompanied or separated children, stateless children and child victims of trafficking and child labour. The action plan should include preventive measures to protect children travelling to and through Europe and measures to protect children in the destination country. Also a clear monitoring and evaluation plan is needed. Action is needed now! An entire new generation is at risk of being deprived of having access to their fundamental rights.