9 abr 2024

Child Rights Connect: Carta conjunta sobre la cancelación de la sesión previa de mayo del Comité de los Derechos del Niño de la ONU

Carta conjunta sobre la cancelación de la sesión previa de mayo del Comité de los Derechos del Niño de las Naciones Unidas a las Misiones Permanentes ante las Naciones Unidas en Ginebra y Nueva York y el Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas.


The undersigned civil society organisations working for the promotion and protection of children’s rights worldwide express great concern over the cancellation of the pre-session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee), scheduled to take place from 27 to 31 May 2024, due to the UN liquidity crisis. This sets a terrible precedent, which will have a negative impact on the ability of the Committee to undertake its core work in monitoring the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Convention) through the review of States parties in a way that allows for children, civil society, and other stakeholders to contribute to this process.  We also regret that this measure will add to backlogs for future dialogue with States parties.

We join the Committee in expressing deep concern that the scheduled opportunities to consult with children, who are rights holders under the Convention, have been postponed alongside opportunities to interact with civil society representatives and UN agencies. Children and civil society representatives from the countries scheduled for the pre-session have been preparing for months to interact with the Committee. Postponing the pre-session will have a clear impact on their future ability to engage. The postponement, announced just days before child and civil society submissions were due, has also resulted in disruptions and squandered efforts by all, and in frustrations for children who now feel discouraged rather than empowered.

This measure comes after the announcement in January of the cancelling of hybrid modalities for UN human rights bodies and mechanisms just a few days before the February pre-session of the Committee was planned to take place in a hybrid format. At the time, many civil society representatives and some children were not able to interact with the Committee online for the pre-session after months of preparations.

In the context of the UN liquidity crisis, we are also concerned that the Day of General Discussion that would normally take place as part of the drafting process for the Committee’s new General Comment on “Children’s right to access justice and effective remedies” might be postponed or even cancelled. Given that this is one of the main opportunities for States, civil society, UN agencies, and especially children, to interact with the Committee on emerging issues, such a step would be a further and significant setback.

These series of measures have all come at the expense of meaningful and effective engagement with civil society and participation of children. They come at a time when the work of the Committee continues to be more crucial than ever amidst the multitude of crises that disproportionately affect children in the world today, including armed conflicts, climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss, growing poverty and persisting inequalities, shrinking civic space, among others. It also comes at a time when the Secretary-General, in his Guidance Note on Child Rights Mainstreaming, has mandated the mobilization of the UN system to collectively strengthen and elevate a shared UN child rights agenda, including through meaningful and effective child participation.

We deeply regret that the UN liquidity crisis is impacting the overall regular functioning of the Committee, in particular the spaces for children and civil society to engage, adding to the worldwide trends of shrinking civil society space. Such measures have not only impacted the Committee, but also on the proper functioning of the treaty bodies system, the work of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN human rights mechanisms as a whole, setting a dangerous precedent.

We call on UN Member States worldwide to comply with their financial commitments to the UN by paying their fees to the UN in full and without delay so as to ensure that the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN human rights system as a whole can continue its critical work.

Please accept, Excellencies, the assurances of our highest consideration.


List of signatories (As 11.04.2024):

  1. ACARI – Associação Civil de Articulação para a Cidadania
  3. Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
  4. All Survivors Project
  5. ARARTEKO. Ombudsperson of Basque Country (Spain)
  6. Asdown Colombia
  7. Associação de Mulheres contra a Violência
  9. Associação Pamen CHEIFA
  10. Associação Portuguesa de Estudos sobre as Mulheres (APEM)
  11. Association du Développement et de la Promotion de Droits de l’Homme
  12. Association EPA
  13. Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women – ESE
  14. Association Mauritanienne pour la santé de la Mére et de l’enfant AMSME
  15. Association of the Survivors of Makobola Massacres < ARMMK>
  16. Association “Our Children” Sarajevo/ Network Stronger Voice for Children, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  17. Boutokaan Inaomataia ao Mauriia Binabinaine Association (BIMBA)
  18. Bris (Children’s Rights in Society)
  19. Cabildo por las Mujeres de Cuenca
  20. Campaña Latinoamericana por el Derecho a la Educación (CLADE)
  21. Casa da Criança e do Adolescente
  22. CATW-LAC chapitre Haïtienne
  24. Central Union for Child Welfare (Finland)
  25. Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation
  26. Centro de Defesa dos Direitos da Criança e do Adolescente – CEDECA RIO DE JANERIO, BRASIL
  27. Centro Dom Helder Câmara de Estudos e Ação Social – CENDHEC
  28. CESIP – Centro de Estudios Sociales y Publicaciones
  29. Child Law Clinic, University College Cork
  30. Child Rights Coalition Cambodia (CRC-Cambodia)
  31. Child Rights Connect
  32. Child Rights Information Center/ CRIC
  33. Child Rights International Network (CRIN)
  34. ChildFund Alliance
  35. ChildFund Korea
  36. Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE)
  37. Children’s Law Centre (Northern Ireland)
  38. Children’s Parliament (Scotland)
  39. Children’s Rights Alliance for England, part of Just for Kids Law
  41. Colectivo de Derechos de Infancia y Adolescencia de Argentina
  42. Comisión de Derechos Humanos de la Ciudad de México
  43. Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines
  44. Conscience and Peace Tax International (CPTI)
  45. Coordinadora de Profesionales por la Prevención de Abusos (CoPPA)
  46. Coordinadora por los Derechos de la Infancia y la Adolescencia
  47. DCI Canada
  48. Defence for Children International
  49. Defence For Children International – Canada
  50. Defensa de Niñas y Niños – Internacional DNI Americas
  51. Defensa de Niñas y Niños – Internacional, DNI Costa Rica
  52. Défenseurs Plus
  53. Doncel
  54. Dr EM Knudsen, Department of Social Work, Trent University, Canada (Individual)
  55. Dutch NGO Coalition on Children’s Rights | Kinderrechtencollectief
  56. ECPAT Luxembourg
  57. ECPAT NZ
  58. ECPAT Sri Lanka
  59. Ecuador Violencias Cero
  60. Edmund Rice International
  61. Espace Boris Vian (centre social)
  62. European Network on Statelessness
  64. FENASE
  65. Fondation Apprentis d’Auteuil International
  66. Fondation « Zanmi Timoun »
  67. Fondation pour l’Enfance
  68. Fórum estadual de prevenção e erradicação do trabalho infantil do Rio de janeiro
  69. Fundación PANIAMOR
  70. Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer
  71. Global Campaign for Education
  72. Global Detention Project
  73. Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR)
  74. Greek Helsinki Monitor
  75. Grupo Curumim
  76. Grupo de Iniciativa Nacional por los Derechos del Niño. GIN-PERU
  77. Grupo Impulsor para Poner Fin a la Violencia contra las Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes
  78. Hope and Homes for Children
  79. Hope For Children – CRC Policy Center
  80. Human Rights Watch
  81. Humanist Union of Greece
  82. ICASM International Coalition for the Abolition of Surrogate Motherhood
  83. Icelandic Human Rights Centre
  84. Institute for NGO Research
  85. Institute of Child Protection Studies
  86. Instituto de Desenvolvimento e Direitos Humanos – IDDH
  88. Intact Denmark
  89. International Catholic Child Bureau
  91. Jubilee Campaign USA
  92. Justice for Girls
  93. Juvenile Justice Advocates International
  94. Lawyers for Human Rights
  95. Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights
  96. Methoria
  97. Minority Rights Group – Greece
  98. Molo Songololo
  99. Movimento de Emaus- CEDECA-Emaus
  100. Mulher Século XXI – Associação de Desenvolvimento e Apoio às Mulheres
  101. National Coalition Austria, Netzwerk Kinderrechte Österreich
  102. National Coalition Germany _ Network for the Implementation of the UN Convention on the rights of the child
  103. National Secular Society
  104. Núcleo Cearense de Estudos e Pesquisas sobre a Criança
  105. Núcleo de Pesquisas e Estudos sobre o Desenvolvimento da Infância e Adolescência
  106. Observatório da População Infantojuvenil em Contextos de Violência/Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
  107. Ombudsman for Children, Croatia
  108. Organisation des Jeunes pour le Monde d’Avenir (OJMA)
  109. Peace Movement Aotearoa
  110. Plataforma de Direitos Humanos – Dhesca Brasil
  111. Plataforma de Infancia
  112. Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights
  113. Positive Discipline in Everyday Life
  114. Punanga Tauturu Inc
  115. QADER for Community Development
  116. Rede Ecpat Brasil
  117. Rede Não Bata, Eduque
  119. REIPER
  120. Repatriate the Children – Sweden
  121. Right to Education Initiative
  122. Save the Children
  123. Save the Children in Albania
  124. Save the Children Norway
  125. Save the Children South Africa
  126. SOS Children’s Villages International
  127. South African National Child Rights Coalition (SANCRC)
  128. The Advocates for Human Rights
  129. The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC)
  130. The Child and Youth Friendly Governance Project
  131. The Egyptian Foundation for the Advancement of Childhood Conditions
  132. The Public Health Foundation of Georgia
  133. Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights)
  134. UNICEF Ireland
  135. Validity Foundation – Mental Disability Advocacy Centre
  136. Vulnerable Children Assistance Organization (VCAO)
  137. World Organization for Early Childhood Education – OMEP
  138. WORLD Policy Analysis Center, UCLA
  139. World Vision International

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