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Save the Date: 3-4th October 2019 “Shaping a healthy environment fit for children”, COFACE Open Spaces

Shaping a healthy environment fit for children

COFACE Families Europe Open Spaces
A gathering of family professionals to
meet, share ideas and collaborate

Helsinki, 3-4th October 2019

Families want a healthy environment for their children to thrive and develop their own wings. This year, we celebrate the 30 years of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. For the occasion and with Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-Being) in mind, in Helsinki on 3-4th October 2019 under the Finnish Presidency of the EU, COFACE Families Europe and Vaestoliitto (the Family Federation of Finland) will host a gathering of family professionals on the topic of shaping a healthy environment fit for children. This is an open conference, and we are aiming to gather between 80-100 key stakeholders from Finland and Europe.

Taking a holistic family perspective and multi-generation approach as a starting point, we will use this opportunity to:

  • Consider different areas (education, nutrition, early childhood education care, environmental risks, child-friendly cities, family circumstances) which impact the health and well-being of children;
  • Bring to the fore the expertise of the COFACE network and consider together how to strengthen the child health perspective in different policy areas;
  • Use the conference as an Open Space for family professionals to meet, exchange, network, collaborate, and build transnational dynamics;
  • Use the brainstorms and exchanges to develop the first elements of a 2030 compass to guide the work of COFACE and partners to ensure we can develop measures to build a healthy society, environment and economy fit for children.

This meetup will start with a Spotlight on Finland on 3rd October, taking a look at the work to compile evidence-based methods on family work, followed by a welcome reception hosted by Vaestoliitto. Then on 4th October, there will be a mix of Open Spaces and Project Hotspots. The Open Spaces will be led by one speaker taking a specific practice as a starting point for discussions, innovation and exchanges with participants from other countries. The project hotspots will be open to all participants to present the wide variety of projects (from practice to research) on the topic of child health and well-being during the lunchbreak.

The programme will be available soon, and registrations will open in May 2019. More information :