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.

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The Children’s General Assembly is for all children between the ages of 10 and 17 who dream of making a difference in the world and who would like to collaborate with other children from all over the world.  Together they will explore global challenges and solutions from a child's perspective. It will also be the perfect opportunity for the children to develop their ability to collaborate, solve problems, think creatively and communicate.

Participation includes attending online workshops in April-May and attending the the Plenary Assembly in September online/physically. All activities are in English and in groups with children from other countries. In the workshop groups, the participants will work with one of their chosen topics. The Children’s General Assembly activities include:

  • Online Personal introduction and safeguarding
  • Online Workshop 1: Examining Global Challenges
  • Online Workshop 2: Developing Ideas
  • Online Workshop 3: Creating Solutions
  • Online evaluation and safeguarding
  • Online / Physical Plenary Children’s General Assembly

80 participants will be offered a seat. However, everyone who applies will receive an invitation to attend the LIVE Streaming of the Plenary Assembly in September.

It is free to participate.

Specifically for physical attendance in Billund in September:

10 children will be selected to help create the joint manifesto and if you are so inclined, you will be invited to Billund to give a speech during the Children’s General Assembly.

A family home will be provided for you and your family during your stay in Billund, the Capital of Children. Board will be provided for all participants. You will have to factor in travel expenses.

80 participants have received a confirmation

All applicants will receive a VIP invite for online participation for the plenary Children's General Assembly on September 21. You can register here up until September 14. 

For further information, see ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

We are looking forward to receiving your application.

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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 Plenary 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 Plenary Assembly in September. Participants participate in both the online process in April-June and in the physical/online Plenary Assembly in September.

     

    Children from Billund are an important part of the development of the Assembly. They have co-created the six themes together with a group of facilitators in Billund.

  • Who can participate?

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

    You must be fairly fluent in English. For COVID-19 reasons, you should have access to a computer and international wifi since we don't encourage you to use a public computer.

    You can apply for the Children's General Assembly by registering below.

    All applicants will be invited for a LIVE Streaming of the Plenary Children's General Assembly on September 21, 2021.

  • Important dates

    Application process:

    March 24-April 7: Submit your application

    April 7-8:            Selection of participants

    April 9:               Reply to participants. Info on exact workshop dates

    April 13:             Orientation meeting at 9 AM CET / 1 PM CET / 4 PM CET

    April 27:             EXTRA: Orientation meeting at 4 PM CET

     

    Online Workshops:

    Who: all participants

    How: in groups of 8 children

    Where: online

    April 19-29 - May 7:       1/2 hour individual safeguarding meetings

    May 8:                          Workshop 1, 4 hours

    May 15:                        Workshop 2, 4-5 hours

    June 29:                       Workshop 3, 4-5 hours

    June:                             Evaluation, 2 hours

     

    Extra Workshops:

    Who: 10 selected participants

    Where: online

    June 18/19/20:    Workshop 5, 4-5 hours

     

    Plenary Children's General Assembly:

    Who: all participants and all applicants

    Where: LIVE streaming

    September 21:    1-2 hours (program released in June)

     

    Who: 10 selected participants

    Where: Billund, Denmark

    September 19-22: Billund

  • What happens in the workshops from April-June?

    Children across nationalities, genders and backgrounds will work together in virtual groups over a three-month period before the Plenary Assembly in September. Working democratically, the groups must reach a consensus on the issues to be presented at the Plenary Assembly. 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
    • 8-10 children will consolidate the group work into one manifesto
  • What happens at the Children's General Assembly in September?

    One child from each group is chosen to represent the group and will consolidate the ten group work into one shared manifesto. These 8-10 children will travel to Billund, arriving on September 19. On September 20, they will hold their speeches to each other and children in Billund. On September 21, 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:

    • 8-10 children will hold speeches and submit the joint manifesto to the world leaders
    • All participants are invited to participate in the Children's General Assembly in September
    • All applicants will be invited to the LIVE Streaming of the Children's General Assembly.

     

    Program will be released in June and sent directly to the participants and the applicants.

  • Why are we organizing the Children’s General Assembly?

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

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

    By bringing together children from every strata of society and background at the Children’s General Assembly, we are creating a forum that helps children learn how to be democratic, global citizens and get the attention of the leaders of the world.

  • What is the participation cost?

    Workshops April-June: Free (online)

    Plenary Children's General Assembly September 21 (online): Free

    Plenary Children's General Assembly September 19-22 (traveling to Billund):

    • Stay: Free. Lodged in holiday homes – one per family
    • Board: Free for participants
    • Flight and insurance: Own cost

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

  • Why is it taking place in Billund?

    Billund is the Capital of Children. For nearly a century, the city of Billund has had a special focus on children and the development of children’s competences. Politicians, schools and foundations have worked with the children of Billund for years to make it a city for children. 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 was - and remains - to create the world’s best city for children. And the world.

  • Who is behind the General Assembly event?

    The Children's General Assembly is developed by the Capital of Children Organization and 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 Plenary Children’s General Assembly in September will be a hybrid mix of in-person attendance in Billund and online attendance. Dependent on travel restrictions at the time of the Assembly, a selection of 8-10 participants will be invited to travel to Billund.

    If the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions continue, the Children’s General Assembly in September will 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.

  • 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