NGOs make joint recommendation on OHCHR follow-up report on investing in children’s rights at UN Human Rights Council
The UN Human Rights Council hosted its 31st session in Geneva and focused on a variety of children’s rights issues. The session commenced with the Annual Day on the rights of the child, which was dedicated to child sexual exploitation in relation to information and communication technology. The week has come to a close on Friday 11 March with the release of a Joint Oral Statement by Save the Children which is supported by 9 NGOs including Eurochild in response to the OHCHR follow-up report on investing in children’s rights.
A key message emerging from the Annual Day on the rights of the child was that the rights of children remain as ‘applicable online as offline.’ The session also witnessed the launch of the EU-UNICEF toolkit which consists of eight modules, focusing on important areas which range from child participation to child impact assessments. The toolkit will help to support the effective implementation and best-practice of children’s rights worldwide.
As the week progressed, further discussions took place with a focus on violence against children. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on violence against children, Leila Zerrougi, stated that the Sustainable Development Goals agenda demands that children should have the dignity to experience a violence-free childhood. The SRGS for children and armed conflict led talks on children involved in armed groups and their treatment within the international human rights system. The Special Representative (SR) on Torture and the SR on the sale of children also led dialogues at the session, looking at issues faced by women and girls and the demand for sexual abuse respectively. Each thematic discussion was followed by state responses and questions. The SR on the sale of children led a subsequent talk on her report which found that the private sector plays an important role in enabling situations of child abuse.
Eurochild is one of the nine NGOs which supported the Joint Oral Statement produced by Save the Children to the OHCHR and is entirely committed to all the recommendations of the statement on investment in children. The report calls on States to fulfil the rights of the child by shifting their approach to public spending so that resources are spent in an efficient, effective and equitable manner. The recommendations include a requirement to safeguard spending for children in times of financial crises by undertaking child rights impact assessments. The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development also provides a framework which supports the poorest and most vulnerable children. The statement asks that UN Member States adhere to the best practice standards highlighted in the OHCHR follow-up report in addition to the commitments of the HRC resolution 29/19 on ‘Towards better investment in the rights of the child.
Read here the Statement on the OHCHR follow-up report on investment in children’s rights
Read here also the Joint oral statement on the ‘2030 Agenda and children’s rights: leave no child behind’