Days of General Discussion help develop a deeper understanding of the content or implications of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
What is a Day of General Discussion?
The Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) holds a Day of General Discussion in Geneva (DGD) every two years in September focused on a specific article of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) or a related subject. These meetings are an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the contents and implications of the CRC. The topic is selected by the Committee and announced at least one year in advance. To know more check our and the Committee’s webpage.
Children Human Rights Defenders: The Next DGD!
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child accepted our proposal for a 2018 Day of General Discussion (DGD) on “Protecting and empowering children as human rights defenders”!
The DGD is not just a day conference but an ambitious long-term project. Check out the timeline and key milestones.
We have already reached out to our members and partners to help us to collect children’s views to inform the DGD concept note and to establish a Children’s Advisory Team! The global children’s consultations are now taking place between March and June 2018. Find out more and how to get involved below.
DGD Concept Note
Children’s Consultations Inform The DGD Concept Note
One of our first activities was to draft a concept note for the DGD. To inform the concept note, we called on our members and partners to gather children’s views on the scope of the DGD. To take forward the consultations, we developed a toolkit containing two documents:
The consultations findings fed into a drafting process which was led by our DGD Content Team and received support from the DGD Expert Advisory Group. The final concept note was adopted by the UN Committee during its 77th session in January-February 2018.
The DGD 2018 logo has been designed by the DGD Child Advisory Team!
The DGD will take place on 28th September 2018
Palais des Nations, Room XVII
8–14 avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva, Switzerland
Registration – Deadline: 9th September
DGD Exhibition at the UN
The Committee wants children to be at the heart of the DGD and for children’s voices to be central in all aspects of the preparations, throughout the Day itself and what happens afterwards.
Children’s Advisory Team!
Child Rights Connect has set up a Children’s Advisory Team! We took forward an application and selection process from November to January. There are 20 Child Advisors on the Team, from 19 countries and covering all regions of the world! They each have a supporting organisation of which there are 17 in total.
We have developed a roadmap of activities of the Child Advisors which will continue to be updated and reviewed by the children.
In March 2018, we have concluded our 3-day workshop with 5 of our 20 Child Advisors of the DGD Children’s Advisory Team here in Geneva and many of the other Child Advisors participated by offering their inputs online, including developing the DGD programme, the children’s consultation methodology, a child-friendly DGD concept note and the UN Committee’s Working Methods for child participation in DGDs.
Child Rights Connect is organising DGD briefing and debriefing Workshops for all the children attending the DGD!
The DGD is a long-term project to promote a global movement for children human rights defenders. Such movement will catalyse and strengthen existing initiatives to empower children as human rights defenders, by connecting them to broader initiatives at national, regional and international levels. Child Rights Connect wants to maximise this by offering all children attending the DGD a briefing and debriefing workshop. Ultimately these preparations and follow-up activities will help to ensure that the recommendations and outcomes of the DGD influence the UN Human Rights system and changes at national level for the protection and empowerment of children human rights defenders.
All child participants are invited to join:
- a briefing on Thursday 27 September
Objective: Children feel ready and comfortable to actively participate during the DGD. The Child Advisors alongside the other child participants feel part of a group and create connections among themselves as well as with the CRC Committee, Child Rights Connect staff and OHCHR.
- A debriefing on Saturday 29 September
Objective: To share experiences and views on the DGD as well as recommendations for future DGDs. To strengthen the capacity of children to follow-up on the DGD by using the outcomes to help their actions. For the Child Advisors to plan with Child Rights Connect their effectiveness engagement in the organisation’s programme activities.
Both the child participants and their accompanying adults should register here before 26th August 2018.
Child Rights Connect will be supporting a global round of DGD children’s consultations to be taken forward by the Children’s Advisory Team, by our members and partners, including by adults and children themselves, between March and June 2018.
The consultations and the online survey findings will feed into a number of activities including the development of a publication, which will directly inform the discussions during the DGD, by being sent as a written submission to the UN CRC Committee’s broad ‘call for submissions’ (to then inform the DGD Background Paper) and by being circulated as a resource during the DGD. Adults and children are invited to send their submissions to the CRC Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org before 1st July 2018.
The Center for Children’s Rights of the Queen’s university of Belfast has developed, with the inputs from the Children’s Advisory Team, a methodology pack that facilitators can use to consult with children in view of the DGD. If you undertake a consultation, please send us the findings by mid-June so that we can include them into the child-friendly report that Child Rights Connect will submit to the Committee for the DGD.
Contact Ilaria Paolazzi from Child Rights Connect (email@example.com) to share the consultations’ results or ask more information.
We have also developed a digital handout on “Filming and Interview Techniques” to support the children to interview children human rights defenders.
Main consultation aims:
- Collect from children acting or seeking to become human rights defenders their experiences, views and solution-oriented recommendations on the recognition, empowerment and protection of children human rights defenders to inform the programme and discussions of the DGD and related activities;
- To raise awareness and understanding of the topic of children human rights defenders and to support/advance their ongoing efforts related to children’s rights.
Please find here:
DGD 2018 children’s online survey now open!
The survey has been developed by the Center for Children’s Rights of the Queen’s University Belfast and informed by discussions with the DGD Children’s Advisory Team on the global consultation process, and with inputs from OHCHR, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and Child Rights Connect.
This survey is open to all children and we encourage members and partners to circulate the survey widely.
We would love your support in ensuring an inclusive and global round of DGD children’s consultations to help us raise children and adults’ awareness of this topic and to ensure that children’s recommendations and priorities are central to this DGD… and those yet to come!
You can ask any questions by contacting Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org
DGD Hubs: Take Action and Join the Global Movement for Children Human Rights Defenders!
The Committee on the Rights of the Child is calling on all interested stakeholders to talk about the protection and the empowerment of children as human rights defenders at local, national, regional and international levels before, during and after the DGD and throughout 2018.
All types of discussions and debates can be DGD Hubs, before, during and after the DGD. See the DGD Hubs Guidelines!
Should you be interested in organizing a DGD Hub, please contact us at email@example.com to share your plan and to receive our DGD HUB COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES.
Key accounts to follow and to MENTION on Twitter
- Child Rights Connect @ChildRightsCnct
- Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders @ForstMichel
- OHCHR UN Human Rights @UNHumanRights
Useful webpages and corresponding ‘bitly’ links to share
- OHCHR DGD webpage bit.ly/CRCOHCHRDGD18
- Child Rights Connect webpage bit.ly/ChildRightsCnctDGD18
- Child Rights Connect Child Friendly webpage bit.ly/DGD2018CF
- DGD Concept Note bit.ly/CRCDGD18CN
- Child-Friendly DGD Concept Note bit.ly/CRCDGD18CFCN
- Guidelines for submissions to the DGD bit.ly/CRCDGD18Guidelines
- Child-Friendly Guidelines for Submissions to the DGD bit.ly/CRCDGD18CFGuidelines
- DGD children’s consultation methodology bit.ly/CRCDGD18Consultations
- DGD Hubs guidelines bit.ly/DGDHubGdlines
- DGD Children’s Online Survey bit.ly/CRCDGD18Survey
- https://www.protecting-defenders.org/ Website of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights defenders