The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the main human rights treaty providing international standards, but also accountability, for the fulfillment of children's rights. The Convention stipulates a monitoring system for all 195 countries that have ratified the CRC and places the international obligation on countries to write periodic reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee, hereafter) as the monitoring body of the Convention every 5 years.
Reporting on CRC remains a challenge for most of the countries. For example, in Canada, despite our leading role in the development of the CRC and its early ratification, our reporting has been unsatisfactory. The Committee has indicated that we need to “…strengthen and centralize mechanisms to compile and analyze systematically disaggregated data …” Additionally, Canada’s reports are not submitted in a timely manner ad its last report was reviewed over a decade after the previous one. This project proposes to address these issues by creating GlobalChild (GC), a comprehensive tool to facilitate CRC monitoring and implementation by the use of indicators.
GlobalChild builds upon the expertise of a large team of national and international experts. It is founded on a decade of work with the UN Committee, and will continue to be conducted under the auspices of the UN Committee.
During this presentation, an overview of a decade of work with the UN agencies, such as WHO’s global crusade of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which has led to the development of the idea of GlobalChild will be presented. The international team undertaking this project will be introduced and the characteristics of GlobalChild as a comprehensive child rights monitoring platform and its role in enhancing our accountability to children will be discussed. Then the floor will be opened to Q/A, discussions and exchange.
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