Committee elections

Child Rights Connect works with States and NGOs to encourage the nomination of the most qualified experts for the elections of members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. Elections happen every two years during the meeting of States Parties to the CRC in New York.  They are generally held in June.

 

About the 2016 elections

The 2016 elections of the Committee on the Rights of the Child were held during the 16th Meeting of States Parties to the CRC in New York on 30 June 2016. The program of the meeting can be found here.

We congratulate the following 9 newly elected members:

  1. Amal Aldoseri, Bahrein / Asia (Vice-Chaiperson) – already member of the Committee since 2012
  2. Olga Khazova, Russia / Europe – already member of the Committee since 2012
  3. Cephas Lumina, Zambia / Africa – NEW member
  4. Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Ethiopia / Africa (Chairperson) – already member of the Committee since 2012
  5. Mikiko Otani, Japan / Asia – NEW member
  6. Luis Ernesto Pedernera Reyna, Uruguay / Americas – NEW member
  7. Ann Marie Skelton, South Africa / Africa – NEW member
  8. Velina Todorova, Bulgaria / Europe – NEW member
  9. Renate Winter, Austria / Europe (Vice-Chairperson) – already a member of the Committee since 2012

And the term of these current Committee members will expire on 28 February 2017:

  1. Peter Guran, Slovakia / Europe – on the Committee since 2008
  2. Yasmeen Shariff, Malaysia / Asia (Vice-Chairperson) – on the Committee since 2012
  3. Wanderlino Nogueira Neto, Brazil / Americas – on the Committee since 2012
  4. Sara Oviedo Ferro, Ecuador / Americas (Vice-Chairperson) – on the Committee since 2012
  5. Maria Rita Parsi, Italy / Europe – on the Committee since 2012

 

With the 9 elected members (current and new), the Committee on the Rights of the Child now has:

  • 2 representatives from the Americas
  • 6 representatives from Europe
  • 7 representatives from Africa
  • 2 representatives from Asia
  • 1 representative from Oceania

 

How can you influence the process?

In our Fact-sheets you can find guidance on what you can do to make sure that the right members are nominated and elected: English, French and Spanish

What Child Rights Connect does?

Child Rights Connect promotes a high level of expertise among the members of the Committee. We contacts States and children’s rights defenders to encourage the nomination and election of the most suitably qualified experts, based on:

Given the current composition and under-representation of certain regions and areas of expertise, Child Rights Connect encourages you to proactively look for and reach out to potential candidates:

  • from Asia and Latin America;
  • with expertise in public health, education (a teacher or someone who teaches education), economy (given the increasing focus that the Committee is putting on public spending) and legal complaints handling skills, in view of the Committee’s work with regard to individual complaints.

 

To know more about the 2016 elections of Treaty Bodies members visit OHCHR page and the Committee’s page.

Please, let us know by contacting Ilaria Paolazzi (paolazzi@childrightsconnect.org) what you are planning to do and/or what you have done for the CRC elections so that we can use this information to monitor the process and provide better guidance! You can also contact him if you have any additional question or comments.