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! We are now preparing for global children’s consultations to take 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 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 DGD child participation Working Methods.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!
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DGD Hubs: Take Action!
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!