The 7th Regional meeting of NGOs children’s rights coalitions in Europe holds from 28 to 30 April, 2014 in Park Hotel Moscow. The forum aims to contribute to the planning of joint activities for better child and family policies in Europe.
The event is attended by over 80 delegates from 30 European countries, representatives of the European commission, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UNICEF. The European child network Eurochild, the regional coalition of child protection NGOs from the Wider Black Sea Area ChildPact, Child Rights Connect and UNICEF co-organized the meeting.
The National Network for Children, which unites 125 non-government organizations, working to improve children and family welfare and life in Bulgaria is hosting the international forum.
Focus of the participants work is better and sustainable understanding of the UN Convention on the rights of the child. They will discuss the European Commission recommendations on investing in children and guaranteeing child rights through effective national policies. The meeting will strengthen the positions and common work of child rights NGO coalitions across Europe in advocating for advancements in child rights at regional level and participating in related decision-making processes. In this context, discussions will focus on the crucial role of child rights NGOs for monitoring the implementation of the CRC and its Optional Protocols.
The forum will promote further understanding of the CRC and its Optional Protocols and will advocate for sustained implementation of children’s rights. The third protocol of the UNCRC provides the possibility children whose rights have been violated to file a complaint with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. This is a new opportunity and challenge for the National Coalition for the rights of children to influence the access to justice for children at national level to be improved.
The NGO children’s rights coalitions in Europe gathered for the first time in Berlin in 1998. They decided to create a periodic forum, on which they could share their advocacy experience in child rights and discuss how better they could work together for the UNCRC implementation on national and regional level as well as to better co-operate. Then meetings inBerlin (1998), Stockholm (1999), Vilnius (2002), Brussels (2005), Bucharest (2008) and Florence (2010) followed.
Presentations during the event
Training workshop 1: Advocacy
11 principles for effective advocacy (DOC, 80 KB)
Developing Political Intelligence for NGO Advocacy (DOC, 148KB)
Children’s rights-based participation in advocacy (PPT, 4,22 MB)
The Elusive Craft of Evaluating Advocacy (PDF, 278 KB)
Useful Resources on Child Participation and Advocacy (DOC, 108 KB)
Training workshop 2: Networking
Better Networking (PPT, 770 KB)
Working Group 1: Engaging CRC (Commettee on the Rights of the Child)
Working Group 1: Investing in Children
Working Group 2: EU Support Concluding Observations:
JOKER. Mainstreaming children’s rights in Flanders (PPT, 720 KB)
Working Group 3: Neighboring Countries:
The advancement of Child`s Rights in Europe (PPT, 153 KB)
Joining forces for Child Rights in Eastern Europe (PDF, 1,8 MB)