Children and Young People's Preparatory Forum for the Day of General Discussion 2006

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Children and Young People's Forum: Documentation

Day 1: Programme (13 September)

Day 2: Programme (14 September)

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News updates

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Children and Young People's Forum: General information

The Committee on the Rights of the Child’s next Day of General Discussion on 15th September 2006 on the child's right to be heard will be a key opportunity for children and young people around the world to inform and influence the Committee’s advice to governments on the implementation of Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

An Interagency Planning group has been established, comprising Save the Children, ECPAT International, Plan International, IFCO, CRIN and UNICEF, is organising a two-day preparatory forum for the children attending the Day of General Discussion on 13 to 14 September in Geneva. This event will be facilitated by the Interagency Group and a team of young facilitators. The forum is open to all under 18s provided that their participation is supported by a responsible national or international agency, including the presence of an accompanying adult.

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Purpose of the forum

  • Support children and young people to influence policy makers on the application of a child’s right to be heard
  • Support the higher visibility of children and young people and their issues in the Day of General Discussion
  • Support a process in which children and young people can shape the opportunities for their participation presented by the Day of General Discussion
  • Support and promote the amplification of children’s voices through their own channels such as children’s media initiatives, CRIN, Voices of Youth etc
  • Continue efforts to increase the accountability of governments and duty bearers in terms of reporting to the Committee on the Rights of the Child and, in particular, on Article 12
  • Facilitate opportunities to enable children and young people to develop a plan of action for mobilising children’s participation within their countries to influence the General Comment.

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Provisional programme

  • Welcome from the Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • Introduction to the forum
  • Introduction to Article 12 and related participation articles
  • Sharing experiences of good practice
  • Review children and young people’s submissions
  • Focus on the Day of General Discussion and the 2 Working Groups
  • Preparing recommendations and key messages
  • Dialogue with the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the NGO Group on the CRC
  • Next Steps

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Further information

For more information, contact:
Bharti Mepani: b.mepani@savethechildren.org.uk

Owner: Save the Children, ECPAT International, Plan UK, IFCO, CRIN and UNICEF

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