On World Children’s Day, we reiterate our belief in international cooperation and the UN system while also echoing the UN Secretary General’s (SG) concern about the mismatch between its promises and the realities in children’s daily lives.

The report of the SG “Our Common Agenda” is a wake-up call for a “stronger, more networked and inclusive multilateral system, anchored within the UN.” In our position paper in response to the SG’s report, we have emphasised that this will not happen without child rights at the core of all UN action, nor without effective child rights mainstreaming across all the three pillars of the UN (development, human rights, peace and security).

100 organisations around the globe from all regions have expressed their agreement by endorsing our position paper. On World Children’s Day we closed the call for endorsement, and we thank all the signatories for supporting this initiative. This large mobilization signals the real expectations from children’s rights defenders towards the SG’s promises, proposals and decisions, including the one to develop a Guidance Note on child rights mainstreaming in the framework of his Call to Action for Human Rights.

We also welcome the adoption without a vote on 18 November of a resolution on the rights of the child by the UN General Assembly (GA). This year’s resolution is particularly important because it reintroduces language on child rights mainstreaming from previous GA resolutions that got lost over time. The resolution “requests all relevant organs, bodies, entities, organizations and mechanisms of the United Nations system to mainstream children’s rights through the regular and systematic application of a child rights approach throughout all activities in the fulfilment of their mandates, as well as to ensure that their staff are trained in child rights matters, and [take] further steps to increase system-wide coordination and interagency cooperation for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child.”

The 76th session of the UN GA also adopted a resolution on follow-up to the SG Common Agenda and began discussions on Security Council reform. The GA asked the SG to inform and engage in consultations with Member States on his proposals in the report for follow‑up action to expedite full implementation of agreed frameworks, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.  The GA also called upon its President to initiate a process of follow-up to enable all Member States to begin inclusive intergovernmental consideration of the various proposals, options, and potential means of implementation, in collaboration with all relevant partners through broad, inclusive consultations.

This is positive evidence of the fact that there is broad State support for the SG’s initiative. We, children’s rights defenders, will seize this momentum and continue to advocate for real changes for children.

 

Final list of signatories of the position paper as of 20 November 2021:

  • Acción por los Niños
  • Action against Child Exploitation
  • Action for Children with Disabilities (ACD) Network
  • Adamfo Ghana
  • Africa Alliance for Health Research and Economic Development (AAHRED)
  • Africa Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
  • All human rights for all in Iran
  • Alliance for Africa’s Orphanages
  • Alliance for Children Mauritius
  • Alliance for the Rights of the Child
  • Amnesty International
  • Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial
  • Apprentis d’Auteuil
  • ARARTEKO, Defensoría del Pueblo del País Vasco
  • Articolo 12 Società Cooperativa di Servizi
  • Asociación Grupo de Sociología de la Infancia y la Adolescencia (GSIA)
  • Asociación Internacional de Jueces y Magistrados de la juventud y familia
  • Association des Enfants et Jeunes Travailleurs de Côte d’Ivoire (AEJTCI)
  • Association ”Paix ” pour la Lutte contre la Contrainte et l’Injustice
  • Brexpats – Hear Our Voice
  • Centro de Estudios Sociales y Publicaciones (CESIP)
  • Child Rights and Special Needs Education Centre (CRESNET)
  • Child Rights Coalition Asia (CRC Asia)
  • Child Rights Information Centre
  • Child Rights International Network (CRIN)
  • Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative (CERI)
  • Children’s Rights Alliance for England, part of Just for Kids Law
  • Citizens and NGOs Association for the Convention on the Rights of the Child Japan
  • CIVICUS
  • Clínica de Direitos Humanos PPGD/PUCPR
  • Consortium for Street Children
  • Coordination of Associations for children
  • Corporacion La Caleta
  • Corporación Opción
  • Cyprus Confederation of Organizations of the Disabled (CCOD)
  • Defence for Children International
  • Defensa de Niñas y Niños – Internacional, DNI Costa Rica
  • Defensa de Niñas y Niños – Internacional, DNI España
  • Defensores PROCDN
  • ECPAT International
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver
  • Equitable Tourism Options (EQUATIONS)
  • European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC)
  • Eurochild
  • Family-Based Solutions
  • Federația Organizațiilor Neguvernamentale pentru Copil (FONPC)
  • Fondation Apprentis d’Auteuil International
  • Franciscans International
  • Future Focus Foundation
  • Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
  • Grupo de Iniciativa Nacional por los Derechos del Niño
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Humanium
  • Initiative for Community Concern, Uganda
  • Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
  • Instituto Interamericano del Niño, la Niña y Adolescentes
  • Instituto Promoviendo Desarrollo Social (IPRODES)
  • InterAction Suisse – Association nationale des personnes intersexes
  • International Play Association
  • International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
  • International Social Service
  • Intersex Belgium
  • Learning for Wellbeing Foundation
  • Lumos
  • Make Mothers Matter (MMM)
  • Makhzoumi Foundation
  • Movimiento Movilizandonos por una cultura integral de derechos, Chile
  • Muslim Family Counselling Services
  • National Network for Children, Bulgaria
  • National Secular Society
  • Organisation Mondiale pour l’Éducation Préscolaire (OMEP)
  • PEDER
  • Plan International
  • Plataforma de Infancia
  • PRATYeK
  • PRATYeK – NINEISMINE
  • Project Amplify
  • Proyecto Solidario por la Infancia
  • Railway Children
  • Rede da Criança Child Network
  • Red Niña Niño Guatemala
  • Relais Enfants Parents Romands (REPR)
  • Save Street Children Uganda (SASCU)
  • Save the Children
  • Shanduko Yeupenyu Child Care
  • SHE A Movement Foundation
  • SOS Children’s Villages International
  • Street Child Care and Welfare Initiative
  • TB-Net (NGO Network on UN Treaty Bodies): Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR-Centre), Child Rights Connect, Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), International Disability Alliance (IDA), International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-Asia Pacific) and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)
  • Terre des Hommes, Germany
  • The Association of the Survivors of Makobola Massacres (ARMMK)
  • The Justice Desk
  • Their Future Today
  • The Martin James Foundation
  • Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights)
  • Transfomers community based organization
  • Väteraufbruch für Kinder e.V.
  • WAO Afrique
  • Women’s World Summit Foundation
  • World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)