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30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
In 2019, the Committee on the Rights of the Child celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted on 20 November 1989. To celebrate this historic event, the Committee, in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), will organize a series of activities throughout 2019 that aim to encourage States parties to renew their commitment to the Convention by putting children’s rights at the forefront of national agendas. Details of the celebrations of the Committee and OHCHR will follow shortly.
The Committee is also actively supporting the various initiatives of its partners to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention.
- At country level,
UNICEF offices are engaging with national and local governments and partners to organize special events and mobilize actions for and with children and young people. Each country will use this opportunity to accelerate progress on priority national child rights issues in their specific contexts. UNICEF favours an approach to commemorating the anniversary at various points throughout the year with both virtual and country level celebrations and activities, which could possibly include an action-oriented moment on child rights and the Sustainable Development Goals at the High-Level Political Forum of the United Nations General Assembly in September, and a commemorative day on 20 November. UNICEF is also developing a child-friendly version of the Convention, together with Child Rights Connect and with the participation of children.
Child Rights Connect is organizing a series of activities aiming to make the Convention and its Optional Protocols, as well as the Committee and the United Nations Human rights system, more accessible to children. As an example, Child Rights Connect is developing UNICEF’s official child friendly version of the Convention. It will promote the universal ratification of the CRC and its Optional Protocols, in particular the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure (OPIC). It aims to strengthen global commitment to ensure that child participation be central to 30th anniversary celebrations, inter alia, following up on the Committee’s Day of General Discussion on Protection and empowerment of children as human rights defenders. Finally, Child Rights Connect will take stock of the challenges and achievements of civil society child rights advocacy and engagement with the CRC Committee.
- The association « Treinte Ans de Droits de l’Enfant » or “30 Years of Children’s Rights”, a collaboration of the University of Geneva, the city of Geneva and the canton of Geneva, is hosting a year-long celebration to make children’s rights more visible in Geneva, in particular through a series of activities where every actor involved in children’s rights has a space to share their expertise and experience. These include
Child Rights Hub, an online platform of related resources on the anniversary that will later be transformed into a resource centre on children’s rights; the “Child Reporters” initiative organized with schools in which children will be encouraged to take stock of how children’s rights are being promoted in their respective communities; and a three-day commemorative conference at the Palais des Nations on 18 to 20 November.
- The objective of
Child Rights Now, a joint initiative of 6 organizations (ChildFund International,
SOS Children’s Villages,
Save the Children,
Terres des Hommes and
World Vision) is to advocate for renewed commitment to achieving the rights of all children and the Convention, and to integrate a child rights focus into measures aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Among their planned activities are a global report on the status of children’s rights in 17 countries which will be launched in June this year. Child participation is also an essential component of the Child Rights Now initiative.
Save the Children is celebrating its centenary in 2019 and will engage inactivities at various levels to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Convention, notably supporting a call for renewed commitments to the Convention and the SDG commitment to leave no one behind. As part of their plans, they will be involved in joint “Child Rights Now” activities and a joint event with CIVICUS and Child Rights Connect, during the 20 November Geneva Conference, with a possible focus on “Accountability with Children - Empowering children as civic actors to claim their rights and mobilize for change: good practices, challenges and lessons learned”.
Mission 89, a Geneva-based organisation that aims to mitigate child trafficking in sports through research, education and advocacy, is planning an awareness-raising campaign in Geneva on combating the trafficking of children in sports. As part of its 30th anniversary activities, it is organizing a photo exhibition, a youth forum with a digital campaign, and a music concert in Geneva to raise public awareness and understanding of the trafficking of children.
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