By listening to children, adults will be able to make better laws to protect the rights of the young.
This is the opinion of Luo Tsan-ching (
"It is an international trend to take children's input seriously. Germany, for instance, is even considering giving citizens under the age of 18 the right to vote," Luo said.
Among the 104 young ambassadors from around the world taking part in the summit, 73 are from Taiwan.
The rest are from Japan, Canada, Honduras, el Salvador, Germany, the US, Malaysia, Senegal, South Korea and Norway.
"The four key issues that will be discussed at the summit are life safety, traffic safety, games safety and Internet safety. Because children from all over the world have gathered here, they might be able to find solutions together to global problems affecting children," Luo said.
Kao Chieh (
Huang Pei-hsia (
"Nowadays, parents should listen to their children more and follow their children's will, instead of just giving orders," Huang said.
In 20 or 30 years, Huang said, the children taking part in this summit will be the world's leaders.
Because they are learning about children's issues at this early stage in their lives, they will be more concerned about the rights of children when they grow up, Huang said.
"Last year, after attending the summit, an ambassador from Taoyuan became very worried about the safety of children crossing a busy street near her school. She decided to file complaints to various government institutions and even to President Chen Shui-bian (
Michelle, an 11-year-old girl from El Salvador who has moved to Taiwan with her family, was very excited about the conference.
"After my mom told me about this event, I decided to participate right away. I am hoping to meet new friends here," Michelle said.
The four-day summit is organized by the Taiwan Children's Rights Association and sponsored by the Ministries of the Interior, Foreign Affairs and Education.
The summit is being held at the Chien Tan Overseas Youth Activity Center.