On 15 and 16 July 2022, the European Parliament and the Global Campus of Human Rights organised the second Global State of Human Rights conference in Venice-Lido (Italy), to discuss the state of human rights in the world, with a particular focus this year on children’s rights. The hybrid event took place at the Monastery of San Nicolò and will gather MEPs, EU Commissioners, Right Livelihood Laureates, Nobel Peace Prize Recipients, high-level representatives of international organisations, academia and children.


Participants included the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, the President of Global Campus of Human Rights, Veronica Gomez, the Executive Director of Right Livelihood Ole von Uexküll, regional and local authorities, EU Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, the Chair of the EP Subcommittee on Human Rights Maria Arena MEP, the Chair of the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs David McAllister and several Members of the European Parliament, and Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient 2018 and Sakharov Prize Laureate 2014.

In three panels, speakers and participants will explore:

  • Children behind bars;
  • Children affected by armed conflict and violence;
  • Youth as drivers of change.