2014 CRC Committee Day of General Discussion

Girl at computer

Digital Media and Children’s Rights
12 September, 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland
The 2014 Day of General Discussion  is themed “Digital Media and Children’s Rights”. It provides an opportunity for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to discuss the theme with representatives from governments, other UN treaty bodies and agencies, NGOs, national human rights institutions and others with expert knowledge.
On the day there will be a plenary session and two working groups: Children’s equal and safe access to digital media and ICT and Children’s empowerment and engagement through digital media and ICT. See the full programme of the DGD.
General information can be found on the Committee’s webpage.

Participation via webcast and social media

Children and adults around the world are encouraged to watch the webcast of the DGD and to send comments or questions via social media. Follow Child Rights Connect on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Via Twitter:  Tweet questions using the hashtag #DGD2014.
Via Facebook:  Join the event’s page and post questions or comments on the wall.
Via Google+:  Join the event’s page and post questions or comments on the wall.

Opportunities for children to participate

Children up to 18 years of age can participate both before and during the day via e-mail and social media. More information on how children can be involved can be found in in these guidelines. Written and video submissions must be submitted by 5 September.
See the submissions from children

Attending the DGD

The deadline for registration is 29 August 20142014 DGD Registration Form
Send the forms to CRC Secretariat by e-mail (crc-dgd@ohchr.org) or fax (+41 22 917-9008). Participation is limited to 250 people, so the CRC Secretariat is requesting that organisations send a maximum of 3 participants.
See the Committee’s DGD Guidelines for more logistical information.

Written Submissions

Interested organisations or individuals may submit written contributions. This can include previously published materials but they will only be distributed to participants if they are made available in sufficient quantities. The Committee has included potential topics for written submissions on page 2-3 of its DGD guidelines.
In general, contributions should:

  • Give examples of how relevant articles of the CRC are being implemented
  • Share information on best practice
  • Assess efforts being made
  • Identify gaps
  • Make recommendations for action which States parties should take.

The deadline for the submission of written contributions is 10 August 2014. The Committee requests that written contributions be limited to a maximum of 5 pages (1,800 words). Submissions can be done in English, French or Spanish and should be sent to crc-dgd@ohchr.org.
Morel information on how NGOs can be involved is available on our DGD webpage, in our factsheet in English, Français and Español.

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