Committee elections

Committee elections2013-09-09T16:52:44+00:00

Committee elections

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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.

Call for action 2018 elections
The next elections of CRC Committee members will be held on 29 June 2018 in New York.
April 2018 is the deadline for submission of nominees by States to the OHCHR
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/Pages/ElectionsofTreatyBodiesMembers.aspx
The term of 9 CRC Committee members will expire on 28 February 2019:

  1. Suzanne AHO ASSOUMA, Togo (Vice-Chairperson) / Africa
  2. Hynd AYOUBI IDRISSI, Morocco /Africa
  3. Jorge CARDONA LLORENS, Spain / Europe
  4. Bernard GASTAUD, Monaco / Europe (Rapporteur)
  5. Hatem KOTRANE, Tunisia / Africa
  6. Gehad MADI, Egypt / Africa
  7. Clarence NELSON, Samoa / Asia (Vice-Chairperson)
  8. José Angel RODRÍGUEZ REYES, Venezuela / Latin America (Vice-Chairperson)
  9. Kirsten SANDBERG, Norway / Europe

Timeline of the elections process

  • February 2018: States Parties received an official letter from OHCHR inviting them to identify an individual amongst their own nationals for nomination.
  • 30 April 2018: Deadline for nominations by States Parties (but nominations are still accepted after this deadline)
  • 29 June 2018: CRC Committee elections during the 17th meeting of States Parties in New York.
  • March 2019: Term of the new Committee members begins.

How can you influence the process?
We urge children’s rights defenders working in regions less represented within the CRC Committee to play a proactive role in terms of identifying and encouraging suitable candidates to seek nomination as well as to support them in any way possible to get nominated by their government.
You will find in our fact-sheet guidance on how you can influence the nomination and election processes, as well as more details about how these processes work.
Please, also watch the webcast of the TB-Net event on Promoting Quality, Independence and Diversity in Treaty Body Membership: the Importance of Transparent and Participatory Nominations and Election Processes, or read the summary report, where you can find concrete information on what States and civil society can do to ensure good Treaty Body members.
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
We strongly recommend that you start advocating for an open, transparent and independent nomination process as soon as possible. The example of the UK discussed during the event can be of inspiration. Switzerland has just launched a public call for candidatures for the Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Torture after receiving a specific UPR recommendation on this from the UK.
The inputs shared by the Africa Child Policy Forum are also extremely useful to understand the role of children’s rights defenders.
Remember that “the quality, devotion and integrity of TB experts sustain the value and impact of the TB system, and are prerequisites for its effectiveness” (High Commissioner for Human Rights, His Excellency Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein).
Things to take into account:
– All the 9 candidates whose term expires can be nominated again and re-elected. However, we know that 3 of them will not run for re-election (Jorge Cardona, Kirsten Sandberg and Suzanne Aho Assouma).
– 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 current under-represented regions (Asia and Latin America);
  • potential candidates from potential under-represented regions (Africa);
  • with expertise in child participation, public health, education (a teacher or someone who teaches education), economy (given the increasing focus that the Committee is putting on public spending), humanitarian law and legal complaints handling skills, in view of the Committee’s work with regard to individual complaints.

You will find here a table with an overview and detailed analysis of the current composition of the Committee.

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

What Child Rights Connect does?
Child Rights Connect promotes a high level of expertise among the members of the Committee. We contact 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.

Child Rights Connect also sent a letter to the Permanent Missions to the UN, to encourage them to seize the opportunity to ensure the effectiveness of the Committee by nominating and electing the most qualified and suitable experts from among the candidates.

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 her if you have any additional question or comments.