Children as Actors in Transforming Society (CATS)
26 July - 1 August, 2016

Children as Actors for Transforming Society

This year’s conference is over, but read more about the 2016 edition here and tune in for next year!

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26 July - 1 August 2016: Local to global: How will we influence policy?

Children and young people must be partners for change if we are to realise the ambition of the new global policy framework - the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) - to eradicate poverty by 2030 and leave no one behind. 

The SDGs identify targets to be reached to create a sustainable and more equitable world. All of these targets impact children - from education, to violence, to climate change. So how can we make sure children play an active role achieving them locally, nationally and internationally? 

Children are already tackling many of these issues, not only ensuring that decision-makers listen to them and take them seriously but also leading initiatives with significant impact.

But more children must be involved if they are to truly shape the world we live in. CATS 2016 will address this critical issue, providing space to explore how children can use their voice and influence in different settings. We will use the lens of ‘3Ps’ to explore this: People, Planet, and Possibilities! What do people bring to the picture? How is our planet affected? How is it possible to transform society?

Join us to bring together the pieces of this puzzle, identifying how children can play an active role in creating a more just, sustainable and inclusive society. 

Organized in collaboration with Eurochild, Learning for Well-Being, Universal Education Foundation and Child to Child. With participation of World Vision, UNICEF France.

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Testimonies from former participants

“Caux made me feel more confident in myself and my ability to help other people, be it children, adolescents, or even adults. (...) I learned compassion, acceptance, how to listen, to be heard, and to be proud of who you are and what you have to offer the world, at Caux. If children and young adults could learn these things- that sometimes the society that we live in doesn’t teach us then I think the world could truly grow into a better place. That’s why I think it is worth investing in CATS!”

-- Young participant from the United States of America

“CATS provides a space that allows children’s organisations from around the world to share their diverse experiences (working, living, knowledge, contexts, networking) to articulate and be part of a worldwide mobilization to promote the exercise of their rights. We have been able to establish networking relationships with other institutions working in the field of childhood, with whom we maintain contact and share information about the work we have been doing.”

-- Adult participant, INFANT, Peru


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