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Scotland House Brussels has the pleasure of inviting you to our annual St Andrew’s Lecture, in honour of Scotland's patron saint. St. Andrew's day marks the start of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, a celebration of Scotland's reputation as a nation with a rich cultural heritage, capturing Scotland’s warm nature, our diversity and inclusivity.
Our lecture is an annual opportunity for us to reflect on Scotland’s place in the EU and the world. This year, in celebration of Scotland's Year of Young People 2018, the lecture will be delivered by Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland in collaboration with Ava Frail, a 12-year old Year of Young People Ambassador.
2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. It proclaimed that childhood is entitled to special care and assistance, and paved the way for an international legal framework which includes the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
The Year of Young People 2018 is intended to give young people a stronger voice on issues which affect their lives, showcasing their ideas and to challenge status quo, therefore it is our great pleasure to welcome Ava Frail to share and discuss her thoughts alongside Bruce Adamson on the important role that young people from Scotland have played in defending human rights in Scotland, Europe and internationally, with a focus on some of the issues that are most important to young people. Scotland has a lot to contribute at a European level and a lot to learn from our European neighbours in this area. As we celebrate 70 years of UDHR, and look forward to marking 30 years of the UNCRC in 2019, now is the time to reflect on how far we have come since the UDHR and ask – what next for human rights in Scotland, and in Europe?
For more information please visit our website. The lecture will be followed by a networking reception with traditional Scottish produce.