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Documents submitted for the Day of General Discussion 15 September 2006: To Speak, Participate and Decide - The Child’s Right to be Heard

This page is devoted to NGO participation to the Day of General Discussion. It provides information on the discussion, side events and registration. Submissions and statements are posted here as they become available:

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2006 Discussion: To Speak, Participate and Decide – The Child’s Right to be Heard

The Committee on the Rights of the Child has decided to devote its next day of general discussion to the theme of the child’s right to be heard. The meeting will take place at the Palais Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday, 15 September 2006 from 10:00-18:00. The meeting is open to representatives of non-governmental organisations, children and their organisations/networks, UN programmes and agencies, governments and other interested individuals, experts and organisations.

The aim of the general discussion will be to explore the meaning of article 12 and its linkages to other articles of the Convention, focus on identifying gaps, good practices and priority issues and promote child participation at all levels.

  • The first working group will concentrate on the child’s right to be heard in judicial and administrative proceedings including those related to civil and criminal law, family and alternative care, protection, health, immigration status and schooling.
  • The second working group will focus on children as active participants in society in various settings such as family, school, associations and politics.

More information on the issues to be discussed.

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Children's participation to the Discussion Day

As the theme for this year's Day of General Discussion is the child's right to be heard (Art.12), the Committee is particularly keen to hear from, and take into account, the views, opinions and experiences of children. With this aim in view, under 18s are invited to submit contributions to the Committee on the Rights of the Child and apply for registration to attend the Day of General Discussion.

Contributions: Children are invited to submit written contributions for the Day of General Discussion to the Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) before 30th June 2006. Contributions will then be posted on this page (see below).

Attendance: A separate registration form [word] [pdf] has been developed for children and young people. The deadline for registration is 1st August 2006.  Note that the attendance of under 18s must be sponsored by a responsible national or international agency. All under 18s must be supported by an accompanying adult.

All requests for attendance will be considered taking into account various factors/criteria, including the limited places available, the need for adequate regional representation, diversity of child participation experiences and the participation of children and young people. The Secretariat of the Committee will provide confirmation of registration and attendance by 15th August.

Open Forum: An Interagency group will be facilitating a 2 day preparatory forum for the children attending the Day of General Discussion on 13 to 14 September in Geneva. Further details on this will be communicated over the coming weeks.

Information and news updates about the Children and Young People's Forum

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Guidelines for submitting contributions

NGOs and children are invited to submit written contributions on the themes mentioned above to the Office of the High Commissioner as soon as possible, and before 30 June 2006. 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 CRCgeneraldiscussion@ohchr.org. Oral contributions from NGOs are also welcome during the day itself but should be limited to interventions in the debate rather than formal statements. Guidelines and additional information are available on the OHCHR website.

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Submissions

Children's Submissions

1) Iraqi Children's Art Exchange Project (Iraq)
Art gives children a voice

2) Emily Middleton (UK)
Youth participation in the UK- bureaucratic disaster or triumph of child rights?

3) Children's Rights Alliance for England 
Written submission from CRAE Young People's Panel

4) Peaceways- Young General Assembly Secretariat
Statement from the Young General Assembly

 

NGO submissions

1) Vzw Ondersteuningsstructuur Bijzondere Jeugdzorg (Belgium)
Development of a self-reflective instrument for youth care workers focused on participation (Summary)

2) Dr. Ruben D.Efron, Asamblea Permanente por los Derechos Humanos (Argentina)
Niños/as y Jovenes como protagonistas en los procesos de cambio. Effectos en la subjectividad

3) Saskatchewan Children's Advocate Office (Canada)
Saskatchewan Children’s Right to Participate and be Heard in Child Welfare Proceedings

4) Lebanese Association of SOS Children’s Villages (Lebanon)
Listening to the Views of Children: the Alternative Care context

5) Perhaps... Kids Meeting Kids
Contribution to the 2006 Day of General Discussion

6) Kinderrechtencoalitie Vlaanderen (Belgium)
Group 1: Hearing Children in the Belgian Law - Group 2: Participation on Community Level

7) Article 12 in Scotland (UK/Scotland)
Children and Young People as Active Participants in Society

8) Central Union for Child Welfare (Finland)
Children Have the Right to Quality Media

9) World Vision International
- Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child's Day of General Discussion

- Propuesta de Visión Mundial Internacional al Comité de los Derechos del Niño para el Día de Debate General

10) HAQ Centre for Child Rights (India)
Children's Right to be Heard in Judicial Processes

11) Disabled Children and Young Peoples Participation Project
UNCRC Day of General Discussion

12) Defence for Children International (Netherlands)
The right of participation in immigration law, the Dutch experience

13) Don't Just Tick the Box!
Contribution to the 2006 Day of General Discussion

14) Flemish Child Friendly Cities Network (Belgium)
Children and Local Elections

15) IAP Research Network (Belgium)
Group 1: Some difficulties arising from CRC Article 12 - Group 2: Methods of Implementing Participation Rights of Children

16) Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (UK/Northern Ireland)
Submission to the 2006 Day of General Discussion

17) Plan (Togo)
Contribution des enfants au développement communautaire: Cas des zones d’Intervention de l’ONG Plan Togo

18) National Coalition for the Implementation of the UNCRC in Germany (Germany)
The Participation of Children and Young People in National and International Conferences and Meetings

19) Child Helpline International
Children’s Participation at Children’s Helplines Around the World

20) Quality 4 Children Project
Involvement of young people in the Quality for Children project

21) Canadian Child Care Federation (Canada)
To Speak, Participate and Decide - the Child's Rights to be Heard

22) Asamblea Permanente Por los Derechos Humanos, Comisión de Niñez, Adolescencia y Familia
Escuchar a niños, niñas y adolescentes; un proceso que se construye

23) PRESS - Save the Children Youth Norway (Norway)
Contribution to the Day of General Discussion 2006 - Brochure PRESS

24) Child Watch 
Understanding and contextualising children's real participation

25) Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement, Brock University (Canada)
Why am I told to act like an adult and then treated like a child?": Children's participation rights in Canada - Recommendations

26) Ius Primi Viri and Centre for Human Evolution Studies
To Educate Human Dignity during Childhood - English / Español / Français

27) Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Response to the UNCRC Day of General Discussion on the Child's Right to be Heard

28) Save the Children - Wales programme
Children as Active Participants in Welsh Society

29) ECPAT - International Secretariat
Reports on the Laws and Legal Procedures Concerning the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal and India

30) Cecodap (Venezuela)
Participacion politica de niñas, niños y adolescentes

31) Committee for Legal Aid to the Poor (India)
Rights of Children to be Heard

32) Save the Children Youth Denmark
Case studies from Save the Children Youth Denmark

33) International Foster Care Organisation 
Submission for the 2006 Day of General Discussion

34) ISEGORIA (Argentina)
Dia de Debate General: Documento de trabajo

35) Cecodap (Venezuela)
El derecho a ser escuchado es el derecho a ser reconocido

36) PRONATs and ITALIANATs (Europe)
Statement on Child Participation for the UNCRC Day of General Discussion

37) Plan International - HQ
Children and the media: Recommendations for the 2006 Day of General Discussion - Recommendations (summary)

38) Pidida - Italian Coalition on the Rights of the Child and the Adolescent (Italy)
Contribution to the Day of General Discussion 2006 - Working Group 2

39) Children's Law Centre and Save the Children (Northern Ireland)
- Paper submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for its 2006 Day of General Discussion
- Second paper

40) Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (Ireland)
Children as active participants in society

41) UNICEF (Belgium)
What Do You Think? Children reporting on children's rights 

42) Creative Exchange
A new model for children and young people’s participation

43) Group of NGOs in Latin America
Recomendaciones al Comité de los derechos del niño sobre el derecho de los niños a ser escuchados

44) India Alliance for Child Rights (India)
India's children express their vision of a nation fir for them

45) Tapori International
Children as Actors in the Fight against Poverty and Exclusion - English / Français

46) Children's Rights International (Ghana)
What is the Language of Judiciary in Children's Rights?

47) Save the Children Sweden - Regional Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean
Recomendaciones al comité de los derechos del niño sobre el derecho de los niños a ser escuchados

48) International Bureau for Children's Rights
The UN Guidelines on Justice in Matters involving Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime and the Right to Be Heard

49) UNICEF Malaysia
- Implementation of article 12 in the juvenile justice system in Malaysia
- Child participation: the Malaysia experience

50) First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
Speak, Participate and Decide: The Child’s Right to be Heard

51) Justice for Children and Youth (Canada)
Children's Right to be Heard in Canadian Judicial and Administrative Proceedings

52) PRIAS
Pianificazione delle politiche cittadine e delle azioni per e con l’infanzia e l’adolescenza

53) UNICEF
UNICEF submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child Day of General Discussion

54) Istituto degli Innocenti (Italy)
Analysis of the practice in the field of the hearing of child victims of violence

55) Youth for Human Rights International
Presentation for the day of general discussion 

56) Comision Española de Ayuda al Refugiado
El derecho de niños, niñas y adolescentes refugiados a ser escuchados en España

57) Dirección General de Cultura y Educación de la Provincia de Buenos Aires
Día de Debate General 
Resolucion 

58) Consejo Provincial de la Mujer Provincia de Córdoba
Aportes para el Día de Debate General

59) Defence for Children International
Reunión de consulta previa al Día de Debate General, Hablar, Participar y Decidir - El Derecho del Niño a ser Escuchado

60) Plan International - HQ
Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child's Day of General Discussion 2006

 

Individual submissions

1) Priscilla Alderson (UK)
Babies' Rights to be Heard

2) Prof. Dr. Mechthild Wolff and Sabine Hartig (Germany)
Participation of Children and Youth in Residential Care

3) Ellen Murray (Canada)
Fostering Participation of Children in School Settings

4) Ed O'Brien (US)
The Importance of Student Voice: An Examination of Student Decision-Making in the US

5) Derek Sheppard
Contribution to the 2006 Day of General Discussion

6) Bruce Abramson
Does Article 12 apply to States only, or does it include all private actors?

7) Tara Collins
Focus on child participation in monitoring child rights 

8)Norberto Liwski
Forum of Children and Adolescents with the Nicaraguan Presidential Candidates on Investment in this Age Group
Foro de Niiñas, Niños y Adolescentes con Candidatos a la Presidencia de la República de Nicaragua para la Inversión 

9) Bruce Abramson
Why is the Right in Article 12 Important?

 

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Registration

To register, please complete the registration form [word] [pdf] and return it to CRCgeneraldiscussion@ohchr.org. Please note that the registration deadline has been brought forward to 1st August 2006.

A separate registration form [word] [pdf] has been developed for children and young people. The deadline for registration is 1st August 2006.  Note that the attendance of under 18s must be sponsored by a responsible national or international agency. All under 18s must be supported by an accompanying adult.

Please note that there is no funding available for travel expenses either from the United Nations or the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child and no assistance can be given for visas, travel or accommodation arrangements.

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Contact

For registration and to submit written contributions, please contact:
Secretariat, Committee on the Rights of the Child
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Email: CRCgeneraldiscussion@ohchr.org

If you have any questions regarding NGO contributions, please contact:
Laura Theytaz-Bergman
NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Email: ngocrc-lup@bluewin.ch