29 February 2012

Big Day in International Children's Rights: Protection and Participation

Two significant things happened yesterday. Firstly, UNICEF's flagship report, The State of the World's Children 2012: Children in an Urban World was launched in Mexico City. Secondly, the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure opened for signature at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. UNICEF's Report shows how urban inequality affects the lives of children. It goes on to make recommendations on protecting their rights.  The Optional Protocol will allow children to approach the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, if their rights are not being nationally protected and they have exhausted domestic remedies in their country.

Both the Report and the Optional Protocol are positive steps in protecting children's rights and increasing child participation. However, there is so much that still needs to be done. I will write a separate post on each soon, as both raise various issues.

One of the posters for UNICEF's 2012 Report.

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