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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
In a process in June-September, both online and in person:
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:
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.
Workshops April-June: Free (online)
Children's General Assembly Summit in September (online):
Children's General Assembly Summit September (Participants invited to Billund)
If you wish, you can expand your stay at your own cost.
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.
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.
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.
Information about the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel advice in relation to COVID-19 and visa rules can be found here.