What is the Human Rights Council?
The Human Rights Council (HRC) is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system, which is responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights and addressing human rights violations across the world. The HRC holds regular sessions in Geneva three times a year; in March, June and September.
The HRC is composed of 47 UN Member States, which are elected by the UN General Assembly.
For more information on how the HRC works, please visit the OHCHR website, where you can access the HRC webcast.
Our engagement at the Human Rights Council
NGOs including those working on children’s rights can engage with the HRC through a number of different mechanisms and processes: Influencing interactive dialogues, panels and resolutions linked to its regular sessions, including the annual day on the rights of the child.
We coordinate network activities at the HRC and provide awareness-raising and technical assistance to our wider membership. Through this collaborative approach and by bridging the local to global, we create a stronger voice for children and are helping to ensure that children’s views influence the work of the Council to advance children’s rights at all levels.
Promoting meaningful, safe and effective child participation and civil society space for children is one of the strategic priorities and key areas of expertise of Child Rights Connect. We have been a driving force to advance the debate, set the standards and build the capacity for child participation at international level. Our main achievement has been to successfully advocate for and support the UN Committee on the rights of the child to develop its standards and practices for child participation in all its areas of work. This has resulted in more children engaging in monitoring, reporting and advocacy processes in a more meaningful and effective way.
However, the broader UN human rights system is yet to incorporate effectively children’s views in its work. Child Rights Connect empowers children, children’s rights defenders and States so that they better understand and promote the role of children within the broader human rights framework and then strengthen the national level child participation processes accordingly.