Let us pause a moment on the human rights path to listen carefully to children and adolescents.
Just listening to them, though, is not enough; we must heed their opinions and ensure their participation regarding issues important to them and society as a whole.
If we look at their contributions, as noted and adopted at the closing of previous Congresses for the Rights of Children and Adolescents, we can see the seriousness and importance of their demands.
Our world is in constant evolution, and progress can only be made with the participation of children and adolescents. Their active citizenship must be respected and guaranteed in order to comply with the full realization of their rights, as set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations, universally recognised, accepted and virtually unanimously ratified by all countries.
These same premises, contained in the Statements made by the children and adolescents at the last World Congress held in 2016 in Paraguay, will be the base for the VIII World Congress for the Rights of Children and Adolescents, to be held in Malaga, on 7, 8 and 9 November 2018.
With these premises, the main themes of the congress in Malaga, we propose, in our capacity as representatives and from academic, professional as well as personal interests – and with the collaboration of children – to analyse and respond to the concerns and issues centred on the rights of children and adolescents, and to provide guidelines for ‘a world fit for children’, where all of us can contribute, united and committed to obtaining this world.
With this aim, open to the participation and contributions of children, we head towards Malaga-2018.
We look forward not only to your attendace, but also to your active collaboration in the VIII World Congress for the Rights of Children and Adolescents.
The more we are, the louder our voices.
For a better world for children and adolescents; for a better world for all.
Dr. Carlos Villagrasa Alcaide
President of the International Committee of Congresses
for the Rights of Children and Adolescents