First beneficiaries of the "EU Children of Peace" initiative announced
ACTED in Northern Iraq with Syrian refugee children; UNHCR in Colombia and Ecuador; Save the Children UK and the Norwegian Refugee Council in Congo and Ethiopia and UNICEF in Pakistan will work to provide access to basic education and child-friendly spaces for over 23,000 children.
On 10 December, the EU was awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for over six decades' contribution to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. The European Commission has formally accepted the prize money on behalf of the European Union and decided to top up the approximate €930,000 to €2 million. The "EU Children of Peace" initiative will support projects for children exposed to the ravages of war and conflicts.
The attribution of the award money to children affected by conflict was a unanimous decision of the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Parliament Martin Schulz and of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy.
President Barroso said: “It was obvious for us that the Nobel Peace Prize money should be allocated to the most vulnerable who are often the hardest hit by wars: the children of this world. We want all children to enjoy the constant protection of their rights. Promoting education is also giving peace a chance to be a lasting peace.We want "children of war" to become "children of peace."
He congratulated the first beneficiaries and stressed that it is not a "one-off" initiative: "The Nobel Peace Prize entails a lasting responsibility, and we will therefore continue to fund "Children of Peace" projects every year."