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Multimedia platform to promote children’s rights

Cyberdodo, a new multimedia Internet platform aimed at promoting children’s human rights issues and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, was presented on 11 March at the 10th regular session of the Human Rights Council in an event called “Children know your rights with CyberDodo.”

: Navi Pillay UN High commissioner for Human Rights and Manuel and Alice Martin, developers of CyberDodo- © OHCHRCyberDodo offers diverse multimedia content, cartoons (40 episodes devoted to the rights of the child, 66 to the Environment), numerous interactive games, tool-kits, bonus features, etc. using a children- and family-friendly language. It is supplemented by the offline publication ‘Edupack’, a book intended for schools and comprising comic strips and games. The website is currently available in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.

The event, which was organized by the Permanent Missions of Uruguay and the Czech Republic, with support from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, was opened by High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. The event included screenings of short videos to introduce “CyberDodo – the Defender of Life.”

Four High Commissioners and an Acting High Commissioner have expressed support for CyberDodo throughout its development process. Navi Pillay noticed in her statement that, in the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the event marks the official launching of a on-line project ‘intended to bring the Convention and the rights enshrined therein closer to the very beneficiaries of the Convention, all children and school students around the world’.

Cyberdodo, the central character of the concept, is a dodo bird that returns to earth many years after becoming extinct. His goal is that the tragedy experienced by his kind will never again be experienced by any other species on earth, starting with the children of humankind. According to Cyberdodo’s animator, Manuel Martin, the idea arose from a desire to help kids understand their rights and inform parents.

The 10th session of the Council, from 2 to 27 March, takes place in the new Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. More information is available on the webpage of the session, which is also webcast live.

March 2009