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On 20 November 2009, the international community will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the United Nations General Assembly.
To mark this anniversary, the Committee of the Rights of the Child and the Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) and other partners (including the NGO Group for the CRC and UNICEF) will organise a two-day event.
The celebration will focus on the theme “Dignity, Development and Dialogue,” and will provide an important opportunity to bring together States parties, United Nations bodies and other intergovernmental organisations, national human rights institutions, international and national non-governmental organisations, children’s and youth groups, academics and all others interested in the CRC.
In preparation for the event, NGOs and children are invited to submit written contributions on the nine themes of the workshops, namely:
Theme I: Dignity
Sub-theme 1: Children: rights-holders versus commodity
Sub-theme 3: Discrimination against children
Theme II: Development
Sub-theme 1: States parties’ obligations: realising economic, social and cultural rights. Are child rights a luxury during an economic crisis?
Sub-theme 2: Evolving capacities as an enabling principle in practice
Theme III: Dialogue
Sub-theme 1: A new democratic dynamic: child participation in the public sphere
Sub-theme 2: Children’s voices in the family: overcoming resistance
For more information on the nine themes, please consult the concept note (available on http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/20th/outlineCRC20th.doc). Please send submissions to the Office of the High Commissioner before 4 September 2009. The Committee requests that written contributions be limited to a maximum of seven pages. Although documents may be submitted in English, French or Spanish, they will not be translated into the other languages.
Written contributions should be sent electronically to CRC20Anniversary@ohchr.org. Please note that only written contributions received in electronic form (preferably Word or PDF) will be circulated. Additional information will be available shortly at http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/20thAnnivCRC.htm.
For organisational purposes and due to limited space, all participants are asked to fill out a registration form, which can be downloaded from the OHCHR website: (http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/20thAnnivCRC.htm).
Please send it back to the Secretariat by e-mail (CRC20Anniversary@ohchr.org) before 4 September 2009.
Due to limited space, please note that organisations are strongly encouraged to limit participation in this event to a maximum of two representatives. Please do not make any travel arrangements until you have received a final confirmation by email. Once you receive the confirmation, we recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as possible, as there is a big telecom meeting in Geneva during that week.
As this is a public meeting, there is neither a registration fee, nor does the Committee send out individual invitations. The United Nations is not able to provide assistance with visa, travel or accommodation arrangements. Participants are responsible for all expenses and arrangements related to their participation in the event.
The event will take place in Geneva on Thursday, 8 and Friday, 9 October 2009, in the Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG) (rue de Varembé 17, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland).
Please note: You can also make your papers available at the event, in the Centre international de Conférences de Genève
- Caritas International:
1. State Parties' obligations related to children's health
2. Children: rights holders versus commodity
- Joint statement submitted by the Association Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII, the Association Points Coeur and the International Catholic Child Bureau (Bice), organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC
- Intervention conjointe du Bureau international catholique de l’enfance (Bice), Association Points Cœur, Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers), International Institute Maria Ausiliatrice (IIMA), Teresian Association et VIDES International, organisations dotées du statut consultatif auprès de l’ECOSOC:
1. Le droit à l’éducation: axe central pour prévenir les violations des droits de l’enfant
2. Les enfants: titulaires de droits ou marchandises
- Intervención conjunta de la Oficina Internacional Católica de la Infancia (Bice), Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers), International Institute Maria Ausiliatrice (IIMA), Teresian Association y VIDES International, organizaciones con estatuto consultivo ante el ECOSOC
- Coalición de ONGs por la Infancia, República Dominicana
- Right to Education Project
- Child Helpline International
- Krista Orama
- Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF)
- 3D: Trade-Human Rights-Equitable Economy
- Bruce Abramson
- European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
- Division of Youth, Agency for Socio-Cultural Work for Youth and Adults, Flemish Ministry of Culture, Youth, Sport and Media, Belgium
- Save the Children (Sweden)
- María Carolina AVILA TESTA, María Magdalena del Rosario AMENGUAL, José Eduardo MACHAIN.
- Plan International
- CISV International
- African Child Policy Forum
- Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children
Previous CRC Day of General Discussion items
- 19/09/2008: DAY OF GENERAL DISCUSSION 2008: Children's right to education in emergencies
- 19/09/2008: DÍA DE DEBATE GENERAL DE 2008: El derecho a la educación en situaciones de urgencia
- 19/09/2008: Day of General Discussion 2008: Children's Right to Education in Emergencies (Arabic)
- 19/09/2008: JOURNEE DE DEBAT GENERALE 2008: Le droit à l'éducation en situations d'urgence
- 21/09/2007: Comité des droits de l’enfant: journée de débat général sur la responsabilité des Etats
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