The rights of children all over the world will be marked later today in European Union House.
The national winners of the Eurojeune Poster competition will be announced at the awards ceremony to highlight International Day of Human Rights of the Child.
Youngsters from Dublin, Monaghan, Kilkenny and Galway will compete for a trip to Brussels to attend a pan-European awards ceremony chaired by Commissioner Franco Frattini, Vice-President of the European Commission.
The winning artists’ work will also be used in EU information campaigns on non-discrimination.
More than 90 teams from around the country submitted posters on the theme of the European Union and non-discrimination, with six schools from around the country in the final.
The competition is an initiative of the European Commission Representation in Dublin and the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC).
Its aim is to help young people understand the principle of equal treatment and equal opportunities regardless of gender, race, skin colour, native language, political persuasion or nationality.
Meanwhile, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which was signed on November 20, 1989, is being celebrated around the world.
But World Vision said that despite Universal Children’s Day turning 18, the world is still grappling with the HIV and Aids pandemic while up to 20 million children a year are affected by armed conflict.
“When conflicts erupt, often the majority of the victims will be children,” said World Vision Ireland chief executive Helen Keogh.
“When budgets are cut for healthcare and education in developing countries, the majority of those who suffer are children. When disasters, including the HIV/Aids pandemic, hit communities, those that die first are the children.”