Our Organisation

Our Organisation2019-10-23T09:44:21+02:00

Child Rights Connect is a registered Swiss association. Its organs are the General Assembly, the Executive Committee, the International Secretariat and the Working Groups.

International Secretariat

Child Rights Connect’s International Secretariat is a multi-disciplinary team, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland. It carries out the network’s day-to-day activities, providing a solid and expert base for everything that the network undertakes.

Alex ConteExecutive Director
Alex believes that realizing the rights and potential of every child is essential not only in itself but also for the sustainable future of communities and nations and the achievement of a prosperous and fair global society. Alex has over 20 years’ experience as a human rights lawyer and advocate, having worked as a criminal law barrister, with international inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, and in academia as a professor of international law and human rights. He joined Child Rights Connect in July 2019 . Alex is an adjunct professor at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
Ilaria PaolazziProgramme Manager
Ilaria’s passion about children’s rights started while, during her studies, she worked as social educator with children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Italy. Graduated with a MSc in Human Rights and International Cooperation from Bologna University (Italy), when she joined Child Rights Connect in 2013, it become clear that her mission was to push the advancement of children’s rights standards at the heart of the human rights system. As the focal person for the cooperation between civil society and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Ilaria strives for children to be able to have a say on the standards and decisions that impact the realisation of their lives. Ilaria has worked for several other human rights organisations, including the Association for the Prevention of Torture, the Danish Institute Against Torture, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, as well as the Italian decentralised cooperation. She is fluent in Italian, English, French and Spanish.
Emma GrindulisProgramme Officer
Emma is the Child Rights Connect focal point for Child Participation and Programme Officer for the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America regions.

Emma is a dedicated children’s rights advocate and has been working for children’s rights networks since 2012. Whilst completing an MSc in Policy Studies at the University of Edinburgh with a focus on childhood studies and children’s rights, Emma began to work with Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights). Since then, she has devoted her time to progressing a child rights-based approach through strong non-government networks at various levels, and has also worked at Eurochild; a regional network based in Brussels. Emma is convinced that in order to build rights-respecting societies, we must start with children! Emma joined the team in 2017.

Olivia Solari YrigoyenLegal Officer
Olivia is a specialist in Human Rights Law with significant international and field experiences. Raised in Southeast Asia and Latin America, she went on to study at Science Po Paris thanks to a full-ride scholarship from the French Government. After graduating with honors and obtaining degrees in political science and public policy, she obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the University of Essex. She has advised in human rights standards in social protection policies at the World Bank Group’s headquarters in Washington DC, and has worked at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights dealing with gross human rights violations. Olivia also worked in Lima, Peru with the NGO COMISEDH and participated as a Judge at the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition of American University. A marathon runner, Olivia is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Agnès Gràcia CorberóProgramme Officer
Agnès is the Child Rights Connect focal point for the UN Human Rights Council and Programme Officer for the Latin-America, Africa and Middle East and North Africa regions.

She is an international human rights lawyer who is specialised in children’s rights. Her commitment to children’s rights is personal as well as professional, as she has been part of different children and youth-led organisations throughout her life. Before joining Child Rights Connect in May 2019, she worked for the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions advocating for network members and advising them on how best to engage with the UN human rights system. Agnès has also worked on children’s rights-related projects for the International Commission of Jurists, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador and the Committee on the Rights of the Child, among other national and international human rights organisations. Agnès holds a Law Degree from the University Pompeu Fabra and an Interuniversity Master’s Degree in International Diplomacy and International Public Service. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Catalan.

Fanny Chappuis
Fanny ChappuisCRC Reporting and Programme Support
Fanny is driven by her optimism and strong desire to contribute to improving people’s lives. That’s why she dedicates her education path and career to bringing a wide range of operational and technical supports to human-size organizations. In continuation to her Master in Development Economics and International Project Management, Fanny conducted a few missions with NGOs dedicated to children’s rights and peace education. After an inspirational 3-year experience working in mediation and conflict resolution in the corporate sector, she decided to further engage in the implementation of children’s rights and joined Child Rights Connect in March 2017 as Programme Assistant. Fanny particularly enjoys being in contact with dedicated children’s rights defenders from all over the world!
Leire Ibañez LarreaNetwork Assistant
Leire is a human rights lawyer with experience in the UN human rights system. Leire has been dedicated to human rights since the beginning of her career, starting as an intern in the Treaty Body Division of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She continued her career as a lawyer in a Migration Law Firm in Spain, providing them legal advice on illegal labour conditions and gender violence. Pursuing her desire to work in the human rights area, she gained experience at the OMCT and IRCT in Geneva where she advocated for victims of torture at the Universal Periodic Review, assisted in coordinating Civil Society engagement with the Committee Against Torture as well as in carrying out research on grave human rights violations. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Five year Strategic Plan 2020-2024

Monitoring and Evaluations

With the support of SIDA, the Swedish Development Cooperation, we conducted an external evaluation, which analysed the work of Child Rights Connect and its impact on the realisation of children’s rights. The evaluation looked into the effectiveness of our approaches, and made recommendations for our future work.

“From small beginnings Child Rights Connect has become a highly respected organisation – as one interviewee noted ‘if Child Rights Connect did not exist, it would have to be invented’. The focus on the Human Rights Council as well as the CRC Committee has the potential to lead to a long-term positive impact on children’s rights…”

– Evaluation of the work of Child Rights Connect, 2015

Executive Committee

This committee has legal, policy and management responsibility for the network. It meets quarterly to provide the network with strategic direction and to supervise the work of the Secretariat and the thematic Working Groups. It is accountable to the General Assembly.

María HerzogPresident
Maria Herczog has been doing research on child welfare, child protection and on child rights, family matters for more than 30 years. She is the author of several books, book chapters and journal articles with over 100 publications on these topics. She has been teaching child welfare and protection at different university courses since 1989. Maria is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and in the media. She has been working with UNICEF, Council of Europe, WHO as a temporary scientific expert for decades and working on projects with BCN, Hope and Homes for Children, ISS and others as a consultant and as a senior technical advisor. Maria has got a Ph.D in sociology and she is a visiting senior lecturer at ELTE University for the post graduate courses in the Law Faculty. She is also occupying the position of chair and program director of the Family Child Youth Association in Budapest, Hungary. She has been working part time as a senior policy officer at the Institute for Human Services, in Columbus, Ohio since 2018. Maria was a member to the UN CRC Committee between 2007- 2015, and the Rapporteur of the Committee between 2013-2015. She has been working as an elected member of the Management Board of Eurochild in 2009, and as president between 2010 and 2016.
Théophane NikyèmaVice-President
A national of Burkina Faso, Théophane is a passionate advocate of child rights and has over 20 years of experience in international development. He currently serves as a trustee at the International Bureau of Children’s Rights and at Keeping Children Safe.
From August 2013 to January 2018, he was the Executive Director of the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF). Prior to that, he held senior positions at the United Nations including, UNICEF Representative ad interim in Mali; UNDP Resident Representative, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Uganda; UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa, UNICEF Representative in Rwanda, Senior Operations Officer at UNICEF Tanzania, and Regional Operations Officer for UNICEF South-Asia.
Rozanne Chorlton Secretary
Rozanne Chorlton provides communication guidance and support, particularly to organisations with leadership and management challenges and those seeking to establish an empowering organisational culture. Rozanne spent 15 years in senior management roles, including as UNICEF’s Representative to Jordan, Somalia and Liberia, having earlier worked on adolescent programming and communication and been an active member of UNICEF’s East and Southern Africa Region’s reference group on a human rights approach to programming. Since her retirement from full-time employment in 2011, Rozanne has become an active member of the Boards of Together (T-SACR), Child Rights Connect (CRC), Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) and Glencairn Re-imagined (GR). She is also a volunteer trainer with the British Red Cross in Scotland. Besides her English mother tongue, Rozanne speaks Kiswahili and French.
Alan Kikuchi-WhiteTreasurer
Alan previously served, from 2008-14 on the Executive Committee of Child Rights Connect and during that period held offices as Treasurer, Secretary and President. Following the General Assembly in 2016 he was co-opted into the Executive Committee specifically with a view to taking up the office of Treasurer. Alan has previously been involved in the development of the current strategy, the 30th anniversary celebrations and also in the re-branding as Child Rights Connect and is very familiar with operations of Child Rights Connect. As Treasurer he has strong knowledge and commitment to key financial priorities in relation to developing membership and the fee income, the strategic objective being to build effective financial reserves and support for future fundraising.
Since 2008 he has been serving as Representative to the United Nations in Geneva for SOS Children’s Villages International.
Caroline Ford Member
Caroline is the Chief Exec of consortium for Street Children, the global network of organizations working to promote the rights of street children globally. She has over 20 years of international senior management experience in Human Rights, Child Rights Policy, and Advocacy across 3 continents, at both field and headquarters levels. A political science and human rights law graduate, Caroline began her career working with street youth in Canada, designing pioneering access to justice, legal advocacy, and HIV education programmes. She then worked at the regional and global levels on human rights, international development, emergency humanitarian response and communications for development in several countries in West, Central and East Africa; and the Balkans. Caroline has worked for several key organisations, including high-profile roles with Amnesty International, BBC Media Action, Médecins Sans Frontières, Oxfam, Red Cross International and UNDP.
Chris Derksen HiebertMember
Chris brings more than twenty-five years of advocacy experience and leadership in Canada and globally. After completing an MA in Political Science at Carleton University in 1990, Chris worked for Mennonite Central Committee for some 10 years, including 4 years as Director of the Ottawa government relations office. In 2001 he joined World Vision Canada, where he worked as a Policy Advisor on Peacebuilding and Conflict, and Director of the WV Canada Advocacy and Education team. In 2011, Chris joined the World Vision International Advocacy team as Director of External Relations and is now Senior Director of Policy and External Engagement. In this role, Chris provides overall strategic leadership to World Vision’s global public policy development and its advocacy work in 3 “Global Capitals” (Geneva, New York and Brussels.) He also leads World Vision engagement with global fora such as the G7 and G20, various UN processes in NY and Geneva, and led World Vision advocacy during the Post 2015 process that became the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Chris has represented World Vision and various coalitions over the years in direct advocacy with senior Canadian and global policy makers all over the world. He has also been a media spokesperson and commentator on numerous foreign policy issues, Summits and UN processes.
Chris is based in Heidelberg, Canada (near Toronto). He and his partner Loral have 3 boys who test their commitment to child participation and rights on a daily basis.
Delia PopMember
Delia has over 19 years of experience in child protection and care reform and the transition from institutions to family and community-based care. She is working as Hope and Homes for Children’s Director of Programmes & Global Advocacy, overseeing national programmes and special projects, delivering technical support and capacity building to Governments and NGOs and advocating for the elimination of institutions at the global level. Delia is the President of the Executive Committee of Child Rights Connect and has a track record of helping building campaigns like Opening Doors for Europe’s Children and alliances of like-minded NGOs like Transform Alliance Africa.
Dorothy Rozga Member
Dorothy Rozga was the Executive Director of ECPAT International from 2013-2018 after serving as the interim Executive Director of the African Child Policy Forum based in Ethiopia. Between 1981-2012 Dorothy served UNICEF in a range of capacities. For ten years, she served in Africa as UNICEF’s Representative to Tanzania, as Deputy Regional Director of UNICEF’s Regional Office for East and Southern Africa located in Kenya, and as Representative to Ghana. For five years she was the Sr. Programme Officer responsible globally for the incorporation of a Human Rights Based Approach to UNICEF’s Programming. She also headed UNICEF’s Offices in Calcutta, India and Belize and served the organization in various capacities in Guatemala and Honduras. Prior to joining UNICEF, Dorothy was a Peace Corp Volunteer in Jamaica (1977-79) and Belize (1979-81). Between 1973-1977, she was the Executive Director of Volunteer Services of Greater Kalamazoo in the USA.
Rut FeukMember
Rut is currently working as an Advisor at Plan International Sweden, where she started more than four years ago when she moved back to her homecountry Sweden. Before joining Plan in 2015, she worked internationally since 2002 with organizations such as Unicef, OSCE and IOM. With UNICEF she held different positions at country, regional and headquarter levels, in particular in the area of child protection. She has been based in Poland, the Balkans, Peru, Panama, Somalia, Pakistan and Cambodia and briefly in the Middle East. Her experience spans over both emergency and development contexts. She has a degree in Political Science and speaks fluent Spanish.
Sigurd JohnsMember
Sigurd Johns took up the role as Director Child Rights in Save the Children on 1st February 2019. This new role provides leadership and strategic direction for child rights as an integral part of what Save the Children does and how we do it. The Director Child Rights leads Save the Children’s efforts on child rights programming, child participation, and child rights governance across global programmes and advocacy.
Sigurd Johns has over 20 years of experience working with Child Rights in Save the Children, working primary from Norway but also from Cambodia. His experience includes leadership in MEAL, strategy development, thematic management and institutional fundraising. He has been managing technical experts in Child Rights, Child Participation, Gender Equality, Child Protection, Health & Nutrition and education.
Smiljana FrickMember
Smiljana is a Children’s Rights Consultant at the Child Rights Information Centre (CRIC) in Moldova. She supports CRIC and its partners in the application of a rights-based approach in their work, and especially the principle of children’s participation. Working with CRIC, she’s collaborated with the national coalition of NGOs from Moldova.
Children’s participation in the CRC monitoring and reporting process has been a focus of Smiljana’s interest since her studies. She has collected and edited a publication of children’s report to the CRC Committee. Her expertise has been strengthened through working with CRIC. For example, in facilitating children’s participation in the CRC monitoring and reporting from local to international level.
Smiljana has a master’s degree in Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights from the Free University Berlin.
Stephen Langton Member
Stephen was co-opted to the ExCo in March 2018. He has 30 years of experience in financial services industry in Switzerland, the UK, France and the Far East.
He calls himself fortunate to have been exposed to Child Rights campaigning over the last 3-4 years. He has taken an active interest in the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty and has organised fundraising dinners, facilitated a radio interview on WRS for Manfred Nowak and spread awareness of the Study in the corporate sector.
Stephen’s longterm goal is to set up a Foundation with the broad goal of helping with issues around Juvenile Justice. Stephen brings an outside view and business experience to Child Rights Connect.

Patrons

Jean Zermatten
Jean Zermatten is a renowned specialist of children’s rights. Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child from 2005 to 2013, he was elected Chairman in 2011. and was the first Swiss member of this Committee.

Former judge, Jean Zermatten also worked to launch the first Swiss Children’s Rights Network. He remains active in the direction of academics programmes in Switzerland and abroad on children’s rights and protection.
Jean Zermatten became patron of Child Rights Connect in 2018.

General Assembly

This is where our member organisations come together each year to approve the network’s plans and activities and elect people to various key roles. Specific actions at the General Assembly include:

  • Approving the strategies, plans and activity reports of the Executive Committee, the Secretariat and the thematic Working Groups
  • Approving the budget, auditor and audited accounts
  • Approving new members’ applications
  • Electing the Executive Committee and President of the network.

Our History

The landmarks for child rights includes key milestones in relation to the UN and CRC Committee’s work, child participation and Child Rights Connect

  • 2019

    Child-friendly CRC Convention

    Child-friendly CRC Convention

    June 1, 2019
    UNICEF-Child Rights Connect child-friendly version of the CRC Convention
  • 2019

    OPSC implementation guidelines

    OPSC implementation guidelines

    January 1, 2019
    OPSC implementation guidelines focusing on the implementation
  • 2018

    Day of General Discussion on Children Human Rights Defenders & adoption of working methods for child participation

    Day of General Discussion on Children Human Rights Defenders & adoption of working methods for child participation

    January 1, 2018
    Day of General Discussion on protecting and empowering children as human rights defenders with unprecedented child participation and the adoption of Working methods for the participation of children in the days of general discussion of the CRC Committee
  • 2018

    First Adopted Views on individual communication

    First Adopted Views on individual communication

    January 1, 2018
    First Adopted Views on individual communication against Denmark during the 77th Session
  • 2018

    Report on first Inquiry Procedure against Chile

    Report on first Inquiry Procedure against Chile

    January 1, 2018
    Report on first Inquiry Procedure against Chile
  • 2018

    Children’s Advisory Team for organizing the DGD

    Children’s Advisory Team for organizing the DGD

    January 1, 2018
    First collaboration of the CRC Committee with a Children’s Advisory Team to organize its DGD, composed of 21 children from all around the world
  • 2016

    Implemention of the SRP

    Implemention of the SRP

    September 10, 2016
    Committee started implementing the Simplified Reporting Procedure (SRP)
  • 2016

    First session webcasts

    First session webcasts

    January 1, 2016
    First UN live webcast of a session, during the CRC 73rd session
  • 2014

    Working methods for the participation of children in the CRC reporting process

    Working methods for the participation of children in the CRC reporting process

    January 1, 2014
    Adoption of Working methods for the participation of children in the reporting process of the Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • 2014

    First joint General Comment CRC-CEDAW

    First joint General Comment CRC-CEDAW

    January 1, 2014
    First joint General Comment in the Treaty Body System CRC-CEDAW
  • 2013

    The NGO group became Child Rights Connect

    The NGO group became Child Rights Connect

    January 1, 2013
    The NGO group became Child Rights Connect at the occasion of its 30th anniversary
  • 2013

    First examination of a State report via video

    First examination of a State report via video

    January 1, 2013
    CRC Committee was the first treaty body to conduct the examination of a State party report via video for Tuvalu, 64th session
  • 2011

    Adoption of the OPIC

    Adoption of the OPIC

    January 1, 2011
    Optional Protocol to the convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure (OPIC) which allows children to submit complaints regarding violations of their rights and provides for an inquiry procedure for grave or systematic violation of child rights. Entered into force in 2014 first ratified by the..Read More
  • 2010

    Establishment of a working group for an optional protocol on a communication procedure

    Establishment of a working group for an optional protocol on a communication procedure

    January 1, 2010
    Establishment of a working group for an optional protocol on a communication procedure by the Human Rights Council and following a proposal for a draft optional protocol from the government of Slovakia
  • 2009

    First annual day on the Rights of the Child at the Human Rights Council

    First annual day on the Rights of the Child at the Human Rights Council

    January 1, 2009
    First annual full-day meeting on the Rights of the Child at the Human Rights Council to discuss, negotiate and adopt a resolution about the specific theme or children’s rights in general (an Omnibus Resolution)
  • 2009

    General Comment on the right of the child to be heard

    General Comment on the right of the child to be heard

    January 1, 2009
    General Comment on the right of the child to be heard
  • 2009

    Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

    Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

    January 1, 2009
    Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children intended to enhance the implementation of the CRC regarding the protection and wellbeing of children who are deprived of parental care or who are at risk of being so
  • 2008

    UNHCR Guidelines on Determining the Best Interests of the Child

    UNHCR Guidelines on Determining the Best Interests of the Child

    January 1, 2008
    UNHCR Guidelines on Determining the Best Interests of the Child released after two years of field-testing. The Guidelines provided a formal mechanism to determine the best interests of the child as part of a comprehensive child protection system
  • 2008

    Special Representative on Violence against Children

    Special Representative on Violence against Children

    January 1, 2008
    Special Representative on Violence against Children established to promote the elimination of all forms of violence against children in all regions, promote and support the implementation of the recommendations of the study on violence, and identify and share good practices to prevent and respond to violence against children
  • 2007

    Machel Study 10-Year Strategic Review – the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children

    Machel Study 10-Year Strategic Review – the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children

    January 1, 2007
    Machel Study 10-Year Strategic Review – the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children reviewed the current situation faced by children in armed conflict including the impact of the changing nature of conflict, also highlighted priorities and the responses required for the next decade. A more in-depth publication, Children and Conflict..Read More
  • 2006

    UN Study on Violence against Children

    UN Study on Violence against Children

    January 1, 2006
    UN Study on Violence against Children by the appointment of the expert Mr. Paulo Pinheiro the first comprehensive global study conducted on all forms of violence against children, provided a global picture of violence against children and proposed recommendations to prevent and respond to this issue
  • 2003

    18 members in the CRC Committee

    18 members in the CRC Committee

    January 1, 2003
    First session with 18 members in the CRC Committee
  • 2002

    First children’s reports

    First children’s reports

    January 1, 2002
    First children’s reports submitted on Belgium and the United Kingdom
  • 2002

    UN General Assembly Special Session on Children

    UN General Assembly Special Session on Children

    January 1, 2002
    UN General Assembly Special Session on Children convened to review progress since the 1990 World Summit for Children. The General Assembly adopted of World Fit for Children which outlined four key priorities; promoting healthy lives, providing quality education for all, protecting children against abuse, exploitation and violence and combatting HIV/AIDS
  • 2000

    Adoption of the OPSC

    Adoption of the OPSC

    January 1, 2000
    Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (OPSC) which sets out specific acts that must be criminalized within the areas of sale of children for purposes of sexual exploitation, transfer of organs, forced labor, or adoption, as well as child prostitution and child pornography. Entered..Read More
  • 2000

    Millennium Summit and Declaration

    Millennium Summit and Declaration

    January 1, 2000
    Millennium Summit and Declaration which contained values, principles and objectives for the international agenda for the twenty-first century, and set out eight goals to be achieved by 2015 including eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education and reducing child mortality
  • 2000

    Adoption of the OPAC

    Adoption of the OPAC

    January 1, 2000
    Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC) which strengthens article 38 of the CRC by raising the minimum age of direct participation in hostilities from 15 to 18 and prohibiting anyone under 18 from being compulsorily recruited into the armed forces. Entered into Force in 2002
  • 1999

    Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour

    Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour

    January 1, 1999
    Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour
  • 1999

    First children’s meetings

    First children’s meetings

    January 1, 1999
    Child participation during pre-sessional working group meeting on India, one on Mali and the Netherlands
  • 1998

    First presentation to the CRC Committee by children

    First presentation to the CRC Committee by children

    January 1, 1998
    First presentation to the CRC Committee by children delivered by a group of Japanese students during an open meeting (including the media) during the lunch break
  • 1998

    Convention on the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor

    Convention on the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor

    January 1, 1998
    Convention concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor (ILO 182) adopted by the General Conference for the International Labor Organisation, which defines which situations should be classified as the worst forms of child labor and specifies what governments must do to..Read More
  • 1997

    Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

    Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

    January 1, 1997
    Creation of the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and appointment of Mr. Olara Otunnu as the first Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, mandated to promote the protection, rights and welfare of children at every phase of conflict
  • 1997

    International Conference on Child Labor

    International Conference on Child Labor

    January 1, 1997
    International Conference on Child Labor in Oslo during which a global agenda for eliminating the worst forms of hazardous and exploitative employment of children was adopted and a global strategy for eliminating the most intolerable or extreme forms of child labor was proposed
  • 1996

    Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children

    Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children

    January 1, 1996
    Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children by the appointed expert Ms. Graca Machel, which described the impact of armed conflict on children and included a number of concrete recommendations for the protection of children in armed conflict
  • 1996

    Guidelines on periodic reports

    Guidelines on periodic reports

    January 1, 1996
    Guidelines regarding the form and contents of periodic reports adopted by the CRC Committee
  • 1996

    First World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

    First World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

    January 1, 1996
    First World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children convened in Stockholm, with the participation of a broad range of stakeholders including governments, NGOs, and children. It adopted the Stockholm Declaration and Agenda for Action, tools for mobilizing and monitoring action to protect children from sexual exploitation
  • 1994

    First participation of children in a written submission

    First participation of children in a written submission

    January 1, 1994
    The first experience with children participating in a written submission
  • 1994

    The Committee established that NGOs may participate in the CRC pre-session

    The Committee established that NGOs may participate in the CRC pre-session

    January 1, 1994
    The Committee established that the working group may invite representatives from non-governmental organizations to attend the pre-sessional working group meeting to provide information at its 7th session
  • 1994

    UNHCR Guidelines on Protection and Care on Refugee Children

    UNHCR Guidelines on Protection and Care on Refugee Children

    January 1, 1994
    UNHCR Guidelines on Protection and Care on Refugee Children for UNHCR’s staff and partners on refugee children that combined the concept of children’s rights with UNHCR’s efforts to protect and assist refugee children
  • 1994

    First comprehensive alternative report

    First comprehensive alternative report

    January 1, 1994
    First comprehensive alternative report submitted to the CRC Committee by the national coalition the Child Rights Development Unit to inform the consideration of the initial report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which took place in January 1995
  • 1993

    Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption

    Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption

    January 1, 1993
    Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption by the Hague Conference on Private International Law, which protects children and their families against the risks of illegal, irregular, premature or ill-prepared adoptions abroad, and reinforces Article 21 of the CRC as it seeks to ensure that..Read More
  • 1993

    World Conference on Human Rights

    World Conference on Human Rights

    January 1, 1993
    World Conference on Human Rights with unprecedented participation of governments and NGOs, and the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action for strengthening human rights work around the world. The declaration included a section on the rights of the child, which called for the universal ratification of the..Read More
  • 1993

    First participation of NGOs in pre-sessions

    First participation of NGOs in pre-sessions

    January 1, 1993
    First participation of NGOs in the pre-sessional working group meeting in order to present information on the situation of children in their country, to assist the CRC Committee to set priorities and identify key issues for discussion with the government
  • 1993

    First examination of State party reports and first concluding observations

    First examination of State party reports and first concluding observations

    January 1, 1993
    First examination by the CRC Committee of the State party reports and first concluding observations for Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Egypt, Russian Federation, Sudan, Sweden, Viet Nam
  • 1992

    First regional meeting of national child rights coalitions

    First regional meeting of national child rights coalitions

    January 1, 1992
    First regional meeting of national child rights coalitions held in Lima, Peru to strengthen the child rights movement and focused on monitoring the CRC at national level, followed by Western Europe
  • 1992

    Rio Conference

    Rio Conference

    January 1, 1992
    UN Conference on Environment and Development (Rio Conference) which adopted Agenda 21, a wide-ranging blueprint for action to achieve sustainable development, and required that children’s interests be taken into account
  • 1992

    First State Party reports and first written comments by NGOs

    First State Party reports and first written comments by NGOs

    January 1, 1992
    First State Party reports and the first written comments by NGOs submitted to the CRC Committee for Sweden and Bolivia
  • 1992

    First Day of General Discussion

    First Day of General Discussion

    January 1, 1992
    First General Day of Discussion of the CRC Committee dedicated to children in armed conflict, followed-up by a preliminary draft of an optional protocol to the Convention which would raise the age of recruitment into the armed forces to 18
  • 1991

    Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

    Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

    January 1, 1991
    Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography appointed by the Commission on Human Rights to consider matters relating to the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, including the problem of adoption of children for commercial purposes
  • 1991

    Formation of the Committee on the Rights of the Child

    Formation of the Committee on the Rights of the Child

    January 1, 1991
    First election of 10 members of the CRC Committee by States Parties, who adopted guidelines regarding the form and content of initial reports at its first session
  • 1990

    African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

    African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

    January 1, 1990
    African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child adopted by the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union), entered into force in 1999
  • 1990

    World Summit for Children

    World Summit for Children

    January 1, 1990
    World Summit for Children with 27 measurable goals set in the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children
  • 1990

    UN Rules for Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty

    UN Rules for Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty

    January 1, 1990
    UN Rules for Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty reaffirming the Beijing Rules and emphasizing that imprisonment of juveniles should be a last resort and for the shortest possible amount of time
  • 1990

    Riyadh Guidelines

    Riyadh Guidelines

    January 1, 1990
    UN Guidelines for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency (Riyadh Guidelines) focused on the prevention of juvenile delinquency as well as protection measures for children who are at risk
  • 1989

    Adoption of the CRC Convention

    Adoption of the CRC Convention

    November 20, 1989
    The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most comprehensive document on the rights of children, was unanimously adopted by the General Assembly and opened for signature on 20 November, recognizing for the first time children as rights holders in an international treaty. The Convention entered into force..Read More
  • 1985

    The Beijing Rules

    The Beijing Rules

    January 1, 1985
    UN Standard Minimum Rules of the Administration of Juvenile Justice (The Beijing Rules) which set the minimum conditions for the treatment of children who are in conflict with the law and emphasize that imprisonment should only be used as a measure of last resort and for the shortest time possible
  • 1983

    Formation of the Ad Hoc NGO Group for the drafting of the UNCRC

    Formation of the Ad Hoc NGO Group for the drafting of the UNCRC

    January 1, 1983
    Formation of the Ad Hoc NGO Group with over twenty NGOs to better influence the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Group would meet to analyze the articles of the Convention and submit changes or the inclusion of new articles to the Working Group...Read More
  • 1979

    International Year of the Child

    International Year of the Child

    January 1, 1979
    International Year of the Child to provide a framework for advocacy on behalf of children and to promote recognition that programs for children should be a fundamental part of economic and social development plans
  • 1979

    Working Group on a draft CRC Convention

    Working Group on a draft CRC Convention

    January 1, 1979
    Working Group on a draft convention on the rights of the child established by the Commission on Human Rights, open to all members of the UN, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations with consultative status, following a proposal submitted by the government of Poland
  • 1959

    Declaration of the Rights of the Child

    Declaration of the Rights of the Child

    January 1, 1959
    Declaration of the Rights of the Child

Since 1983, we have influenced major child rights developments such as the drafting of the UN treaties on child rights.

We continue to play a central role in key children’s rights developments at international level, including the drafting of all the UN treaties on children’s rights. Our Secretariat is considered a leading expert on the work of the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Child Rights Connect was initially set up in 1983 as the Ad Hoc NGO Group for the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Its initial mandate was to influence the drafting of the CRC, the first and most comprehensive international human rights treaty for children. Since then, we have worked to connect UN human rights systems to the daily realities of children’s lives.

To reflect our work, which now extends beyond the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we changed our name to Child Rights Connect in 2013. As a network, Child Rights Connect has members at national, regional, and international levels, including other networks and child-led organisations. We work closely with national NGOs and coalitions, UN agencies and experts, States, and children themselves, to advance children’s rights around the world.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, we have a unique working relationship with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. We also have special ECOSOC consultative status at the United Nations, meaning that we are fully recognised to take part in United Nations deliberations.

Testimonials

“In 2016, our strategic partnership with Child Rights Connect reached an even higher level, opening strategic awareness about children’s human rights throughout the work of the United Nations human rights system.”

Orest Nowosad, Chief, Groups in Focus Section, Human Rights Treaties Branch, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

“Child Rights Connect is a very valuable partner of the Committee. They facilitate our interaction with children and with civil society, which helps us to get additional first-hand information from the ground.“

Dr. Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

“Child Rights Connect is our key partner to link children’s rights defenders from around the world. In 2016 we jointly tackled the new simplified reporting procedures. We are looking forward to continuing this discussion with a focus on the participation of children themselves.”

Jorge Cardona, Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

“Thank you very much for all the support by Child rights connect team for us to attend the CRC pre-session. It was a wonderful opportunity for all of us to be there for the session and present children’s realities in Sri Lanka to the committee directly. The post de-brief was really helpful to identify the way forward and will share the SWOT analysis with other CSOs soon.”

Sri Lanka Delegation

“We would like to thank you all for the support that you gave to the Lesotho CSOs delegation that attended the 78th UN-CRC Pre-session in Geneva, beginning of this month. The Pre-session went really well and it was a great opportunity for the Lesotho child rights CSOs to learn more about the importance of implementing the UN-CRC and reporting on its implementation. Even though the time was very limited, the team was able to address most of the questions and issues raised by the Committee and made a commitment to provide additional information as required by the Committee.”

Lesotho Delegation

“Child Rights Connect facilitated a dynamic and high quality workshop on how to advocate for issues related to childhood statelessness at the UN level. It was highly useful for our members and partners to understand the links between their issues and children’s rights.”

Chris Nash, Director, European Network on Statelessness

“Our participation in the review of Mauritius by the Children’s Rights Committee had a positive effect on the follow-up. NGOs and the state cooperated in concrete actions. As a collective we have more weight, we are united for the same cause, and this is in the best interest of children in Mauritius.”

Kolektif Drwa Zanfan Morisien (KDZM), Mauritius Coalition

“The support we have received in the whole process has been excellent and we would be happy to repeat the same experience with other countries”

Dr. Eamonn Hanson, Senior Advocacy Advisor, War Child Holland

Our member network has a broad reach and works in every country in the world.

It is unique in its global outreach and its diversity, constituting a strong and credible global voice on children’s rights.

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