Children are the key actors in the development of the UN Guidance Note!
If you are 18 years or older, you can check this page on how to participate through the civil society.
Some useful words to know on this topic – click here! (in French and Spanish too)
- Child rights mainstreaming is when all children’s rights are always taken into account across all actions and decisions. In practice this means that children are:
- Able to know, exercise and enjoy their rights
- Respected as a special group of rights holders in society
- Respected as key actors of civil society with extra rights because they are children
- It also means that governments (UN Member States) are putting into practice their promises under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
- Without Child Rights Mainstreaming, some child rights will be ignored or taken away. Especially, many children don’t know about their rights to be protected and empowered as child human rights defenders.
- There are some good practices but still children’s rights and child participation are still not known and common, or mainstreamed, across the UN!
- Child Rights Connect asked the UN to take action to better mainstream child rights and we made a child-friendly position paper of this call to action – read it here!
- The UN replied and committed to developing a UN plan on child rights, or what they are calling a ‘UN Guidance Note on Child Rights Mainstreaming.’
- The UN Guidance Note makes sure that the UN knows about and puts something into practice. This also allows the UN to give more attention and spend more time and money on this topic. Thanks to that, the UN can also support countries to meet their promises.
- The UN needs your help to draft the Guidance Note! They need to know your experiences, suggestions and recommendations!