The Children's General Assembly

We live in a world that needs to change. All around the world, children are trying to call global leaders to action. And at a time when most of the world is unable to agree on much else than the fact that they disagree, perhaps we should listen to those who will have to live with the consequences of the decisions made by adults.

The annual UN General Assembly will be held in New York City in September. But this year, it will be mirrored by the international Children’s General Assembly in Billund.

Here, children of the world will work towards formulating a manifesto that can be submitted to the leaders of the world in New York City.

Children from all over the world will attend, discuss, collaborate, and create their joint manifesto.

Children have the right to be heard. The goal is not only to show the world what children want and what they are capable of. The goal is to help make the world a better place to grow up.

Interested in becoming a facilitator?

Would you like a meaningful student job? Would you like to be part of a team that facilitates motivating co-creation processes with children from all over the world?

Now you have the opportunity to become a facilitator for the Children's General Assembly 2022. 

Frequently asked questions

  • What is the Children’s General Assembly?

    The Children’s General Assembly in Billund is an assembly for children from all over the world. At the Children's General Assembly, children and young people will work together to draft and adopt a manifesto as well as submit it to the world’s leaders at the Children's General Assembly in September.

     

    The purpose is:

    • For children of the world to voice their shared perspectives on world challenges and their solutions for the world
    • For participating children to experience learning through play and being creative world citizens

    The Children's General Assembly will be an online process from April-June, and a physical/online Children's General Assembly in September. Participants attend both the online process in April-June and the physical/online Children's General Assembly in September.

  • Who can participate?

    Application is open to all children of the world between the ages of 10-17, regardless of nationality, religion, gender, age, and circumstances.

    You must be comfortable in speaking and writing in English. You should have access to a computer and stable international wi-fi. We do not encourage that you use a public computer so as to not risk the spread of COVID-19.

    You can apply for the Children's General Assembly by a link that will be published on this website in February 2022.

    Applicants will receive an e-mail with information on whether they have been selected to participate in March 2022.

    All applicants will be invited for a live-streaming of the Children's General Assembly Summit in September 2022. 

  • Important dates

    In February 2022 children between the ages of 10-17, regardless of nationality, religion, gender, age, and circumstance can apply for participation in Children's General Assembly by a link on this website. The link will be published in February. 

    In March 2022 applicants will receive an e-mail with information on whether they have been selected to participate, as well as information on group, workshop date and times. 

  • What happens in the workshop process?

    Children across nationalities, genders and backgrounds will work together virtually in 10 groups over a three-month period before the Children's General Assembly Summit in September.

    Working democratically, the groups must reach a consensus on the issues to be presented at the Summit.

    The participants will learn through play and co-create a shared manifesto.

    In the online process in April-June:

    • each group will work together on one theme
    • all children will explore and discuss global challenges in groups
    • all children will discuss and co-create solutions to the global challenges in groups
    • all children will co-create and prepare a theme speech in groups
    • 20 representatives from across the groups will be selected to lead the consolidation of the group work and co-create a joint manifesto. 


    In a process in June-September, both online and in person:

    • 20 representatives will work on presenting group speeches and the joint manifesto
  • What happens at the Children's General Assembly Summit in September?

    One child from each group is chosen to represent the group. The 10 representatives will consolidate the work from all ten groups into one shared manifesto. These 10 children will travel to Billund, accompanied by their chosen peer, and arrive on September 19. In September, they will hold their speeches to each other and children in Billund. The children will present their joint manifesto, which will be submitted to the world leaders in New York.

     

    At the Children's General Assembly in September:

    • 10 children will hold speeches and submit the joint manifesto to the world leaders
    • All participants are invited to participate online in the Children's General Assembly in September
    • All applicants will receive an invitation to participate in a LIVE Streaming of the Children's General Assembly. 
  • Why are we organizing the Children’s General Assembly?

    The future belongs to children, and they are the ones who must live with the consequences of the decisions made by the leaders of the world at the UN General Assembly.

    In order to address and navigate through the complexity and possibilities of the world today and in the future, children need to be able to work together, communicate, think critically and creatively as well as solve problems.

    The right of children to co-determination is a central tenet in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    By bringing together children from every walks of life at the Children’s General Assembly, we are creating a forum that helps children learn democratic skills, to act as creative global citizens and to get the attention of the leaders of the world.

  • What is the participation cost?

    Workshops April-June: Free (online)

    Children's General Assembly Summit in September (online):

    • Free online participation

     

    Children's General Assembly Summit September (Participants invited to Billund)

    • Stay: Free. Lodged in holiday homes – one participant and one caregiver

    • Meals and drinks: Free for participants and one caregiver

    • Flight and insurance: Own cost. For those participants who are invited to physically participate in the Children's General Assembly in September, we expect to be able to help with favorable air fares.

    • Transport in Billund: Arranged in advanced and free of charge

    • Grants regarding travel expences (See Q&A about grants)

    If you wish, you can expand your stay at your own cost.

  • Why is the Summit taking place in Billund?

    Billund is the Capital of Children. For a century the city of Billund has had an extraordinary focus on children and for more than 10 years the municipality has had a vision: Billund is the Capital of Children. Here children learn through play and are creative citizens.

    In 2020, Billund was recognized by UNICEF as a Child-Friendly City and Municipality as a result of its extraordinary efforts in relation to children and children’s rights. The ambition remains to create the world’s best city for children. And for the world.

  • Who is behind the General Assembly?

    The Children's General Assembly is developed by the Capital of Children Partnership, formed and qualified with a group of children from Billund.

    The initiative is developed in collaboration with Billund Municipality, the International School of Billund, the LEGO Foundation, CoC Playful Minds, the LEGO Group, Billund Airport, LEGO House, WOW PARK, LEGOLAND, Lalandia, the Drive Foundation, KIRKBI, and AV Design.

  • COVID-19?

    All the workshops will be held online from April-June. We encourage the children to use their own computers or their family computers.

    The Children’s General Assembly Summit in September will be a hybrid mix of in-person attendance in Billund and online attendance. Depending on travel restrictions at the time of the Assembly, a selection of 20 participants is invited to travel to Billund.

    If the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions in September does not allow physical attending, the Summit will also be online – with a lineup of children’s speeches on global challenges and solutions, exciting conversations across continents, and the submission of the children’s manifesto to the world leaders.

    Final decisions will be made in September 2022.

  • Travel advice

    Information about the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel advice in relation to COVID-19 and visa rules can be found here.

Who is behind the Children's General Assembly

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Charlotte Sahl-Madsen
CEO

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Cecilie Tang-Brock
Head of Playful Skills