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Child Rights Connect

(formerly the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of Children (CRC)
http://www.childrightsconnect.org/
Child Rights Connect is a global child rights network connecting the daily lives of children to the United Nations. The network was initially set up in 1983 as the Ad Hoc NGO Group for the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to influence the drafting of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the first and most comprehensive international human rights treaty for children. Since then, we have worked for decades to connect UN human rights systems to the daily realities of children’s lives.

- includes links to the following:
* about us * connect with the UN * child rights issues * members & partners * publications & resources


Children's Rights Wiki
- from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://www.crin.org/

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Ratified by Canada in December 1991. Text of the Convention, the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (ratified by Canada in July 2000), and the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (ratified by Canada in September 2005), Canada's reports and the UN Committee conclusions on these reports.
Source:
Canadian Heritage

 

 
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Link to the latest issues of CRINMAIL
(children's rights newsletter):
NOTE : Please ignore the CRINMAIL issue numbers .
CRINMAIL and I simply can't get on the same wavelength,
so just use the dates to identify a particular issue

23 March 2017 - CRINmail issue 1523:
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/week-childrens-rights-1523
In this issue:
ADVOCACY GUIDE: Accessing justice for violations of children's rights in care institutions
News in brief
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
Upcoming events
Employment
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging violations
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

15 March 2017 - CRINmail issue 1522
http://us12.campaign-archive1.com/?u=76b57aa44a860d071c2e9bf2f&id=6894c68dce&e=007dcf26d9
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Minimum ages
- Sexual exploitation and abuse
- Children in institutions
- Refugees
- Armed conflict

8 March 2017 - CRINmail 1521
http://us12.campaign-archive1.com/?u=76b57aa44a860d071c2e9bf2f&id=8f6d02e6d9&e=007dcf26d9
In this issue:
News in brief
Children's rights at the Human Rights Council
Upcoming events
Employment
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides
More

15 February 2016 - CRINmail issue 1518
https://mg.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?retry_ssl=1#mail
In this issue:
Children's access to justice: One year on
News in brief
Upcoming events
Employment

18 January 2017 - CRINmail issue 1514
http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/?u=76b57aa44a860d071c2e9bf2f&id=9306531941
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Freedom of religion
- Civil and political rights
- Health and physical integrity
- Sexual violence
- Food security and malnutrition
Case study: Juvenile life sentences breached human rights standards
Upcoming events
Employment

05 January 2017 - CRINmail 1512
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/week-childrens-rights-1512
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Violence against children
- Refugees, migration and trafficking
- Juvenile justice
- Sexuality, gender and education
Upcoming events
Employment
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides
More

21 December 2016 - CRINmail issue 1511
http://us12.campaign-archive1.com/?u=76b57aa44a860d071c2e9bf2f&id=02dc827be3&e=007dcf26d9
In this issue:
CRIN's end of year spectacular <<<======RECOMMENDED READING!!
Winners and losers
Honorary mentions
Children calling the shots
Being #1 doesn’t always mean being the best
Cash rules everything around me
Post-truth and the need for resilience
Upcoming events
Employment
Latest
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging violations
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

15 December 2016 - CRINmail issue 1510
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/week-childrens-rights-1510
In this issue:
- 10 Years On: Global progress & delay in ending violence against children - the rhetoric and the reality
- News in brief
- Upcoming events

08 December 2016 - CRINmail issue 1509:
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/week-childrens-rights-1509
In this issue:
The Year in Children's Rights: CRIN's Annual Report 2016
- Chapter 1: A global picture of children’s rights
- Chapter 2: The year ahead
- Chapter 3: How you can use CRIN
News in brief
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
- Challenging violations
- Take action
- Campaigns
Guides

30 November 2016 - CRINmail issue 1508
http://us12.campaign-archive1.com/?u=76b57aa44a860d071c2e9bf2f&id=de99da50c8&e=007dcf26d9
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Sexual violence and the sale of children
- Child labour
- Education and civil liberties
- Armed conflict and unaccompanied children
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
- Challenging violations
- Take action
- Campaigns
Guides

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10 November 2016 - CRINMAIL issue1505
https://mg.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.partner=rogers-acs&retry_ssl=1#mail
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- LGBT rights
- Juvenile justice
- Armed conflict and displacement
- Education
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
- Challenging violations
- Take action
- Campaigns
Guides

08 November 2016 - CRINmail issue 1504
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/week-childrens-rights-1504
In this issue:
Children's rights and the SDGs
News in brief
Upcoming events
Employment

26 September 2016 - CRINmail issue 1503
http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/?u=76b57aa44a860d071c2e9bf2f&id=b55f9db814&e=007dcf26d9
In this issue:
Expert appointed to lead UN’s Global Study on children deprived of liberty
Latest news and reports
- Refugees
- Armed conflict
- Counter-terrorism and radicalisation
- Health
Upcoming events
Employment

19 September 2016 - CRINmail issue 1502
http://us12.campaign-archive1.com/?u=76b57aa44a860d071c2e9bf2f&id=28b0d5b2a2&e=007dcf26d9
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Refugees
- Juvenile justice
- Discrimination
- Sale of children
- Food security and stunting
Upcoming events
Employment

12 September 2016 - CRINmail issue 1501
http://us12.campaign-archive1.com/?u=76b57aa44a860d071c2e9bf2f&id=af2bee772c&e=007dcf26d9
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Death penalty
- Civil and political rights
- Harmful traditional practices
- Child Labour
- Refugees
Upcoming events
Employment

6 October 2016 - CRINmail issue 1500
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/week-childrens-rights-1500
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Oversight and accountability
- Armed conflict
- Discrimination
- Food Security
Upcoming events
Employment

29 September 2016 - CRINmail issue 1499
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/week-childrens-rights-1499
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Health
- Education
- Juvenile justice
- Abuse and exploitation
Upcoming events
Employment

[NOTE: There was no CRINMAIL issue #1498]

15 September 2016 - CRINmail issue1497
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/week-childrens-rights-1497
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Armed conflict
- UN news
- Juvenile justice
- Migrant and refugee children
- Drugs and violence
Upcoming events
Employment

7 September 2016 - CRINmail issue 1496
http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/?u=76b57aa44a860d071c2e9bf2f&id=b114abc718&e=007dcf26d9
In this issue:
New report from the UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics, focusing on children's rights
Latest news and reports
- Juvenile justice
- Exploitation and abuse
- Racism and discrimination
- Gender and sexuality
Upcoming events
Employment

31 August 2016 - CRINmail ISSUE 1495
http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/?u=76b57aa44a860d071c2e9bf2f&id=380763579a&e=007dcf26d9
In this issue:
Sexual violence by peacekeepers against children and other civilians: A practical guide for advocacy
News in brief
Upcoming events
Employment

24 August 2016 - CRINmail issue 1494
http://goo.gl/oI3Q9r
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Armed conflict
- Civil and political rights
- Detention and juvenile justice
- Violence
Upcoming events
Employment

17 August 2016 - CRINmail issue 1493
http://goo.gl/KvyZjN
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Violence
- Freedom of assembly and association
- Refugees
- Juvenile justice
- Education
Upcoming events
Employment

10 August 2016 - CRINmail issue 1492
http://goo.gl/gtm36B
In this issue:
Widening the Democratic Space: youth in public decision making
Latest news and reports
- Violence
- Access to information
- Health and discrimination
- Sexual abuse
- Upcoming events
Employment

3 August 2016 - CRINmail issue 1491
http://goo.gl/3nBFotIn this issue:
How to occupy your school: a lesson from Brazil
Latest news and reports
- Sexual abuse
- Detention, torture and executions
- Climate change
- Child labour
Upcoming events
Employment

27 July 2016 - CRINmail issue 1490
http://goo.gl/8X0S1C
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Migrant and child detention
- Sexual and reproductive rights
- Violence against children
- Freedom of expression
Upcoming events
Employment

20 July 2016 - CRINmail issue 1489
http://goo.gl/et0c25
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Civil society crackdowns
- Sexual and gender-based violence
- Refugees, education, and detention
- Transparency and oversight
- Sex education, criminalisation and Brexit stress
Case study: The ‘legal black hole’ for children in Romanian institutions
Upcoming events
Employment

13 July 2016 - CRINmail issue 1488
http://goo.gl/kNjOC4
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Violence and minimum ages
- Radicalisation, digital rights and privacy
- Education, discrimination and investment
- Exploitation and child marriage
Upcoming events
Employment

6 July 2016 - CRINmail issue 1487
https://goo.gl/mRpWCG
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- CRC elections
- Refugees and armed conflict
- Access to information, communication and privacy
- Health
- Religion, gender and sexuality
Upcoming events
Employment

29 June 2016 - CRINmail issue 1486
http://goo.gl/WV5jfV
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Children call for right to vote
- Getting health issues right
- Gender and ethnic discrimination
- Violence and protection
Upcoming events
Employment

22 June 2016 - CRINmail issue 1485
http://goo.gl/62Mw7t
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Armed conflict and state violence
- Refugee and migrant children
- Education and right to information
- Child labour
Minimum ages: Admission to employment
Upcoming events
Employment

15 June 2016 - CRINmail issue 1484
http://goo.gl/jjIN4M
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Elections, football and child labour
- Sexual exploitation and physical abuse
- Education, discrimination & freedom of expression
- Right to health
Case study: State on trial over killing of Paraguayan child soldier
Upcoming events
Employment

01 June 2016 - CRINMAIL issue 1483
https://goo.gl/W9WTPM
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Human rights oversight
- Ending legal discrimination
- Health and environment
- Minimum ages and protection
Minimum ages: Sexual and reproductive health services
Upcoming events
Employment

01 June 2016 - CRINMAIL issue 1482
http://goo.gl/BHkWXy
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Crisis in human rights funding
- Armed conflict and rehabilitation
- Right to die
- Health and environment
- Juvenile justice
Minimum ages: Criminal responsibility
Upcoming events
Employment

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To see a large collection of issues of CRINMAIL going back to 2011,
click the link below to the period you wish to examine:

Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive I (2014-2015- 2016)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue in 2014 and 2015, as per the above latest issue..

Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive II (2011-2013)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive2.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue of the newsletter for 2011, 2012 and 2013

CRINMAIL Archive (from the CRIN website)
https://www.crin.org/en/crin-mail/864
- incl. links to the complete collection of CRINMAIL newsletters right back to #1 in July 2006
BUT there's no table of contents, so you must click each link to see the content of each issue.

And another CRINmail archive:
http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/home/?u=76b57aa44a860d071c2e9bf2f&id=3c71669035

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CRINMAIL 1461: NEW YEAR SPECIAL EDITION
07 January 2016 - CRINmail issue 1461

https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1461-new-year-special-edition
In this issue:
- Children's rights in 2015
- A look at children's rights in 2016
RECOMMENDED READING:
- four pages of links to extensive coverage of children's rights around the world during the year 2015

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is one of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/
Sample CRINMail issue :
http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/?u=76b57aa44a860d071c2e9bf2f&id=264db01e6c&e=a7313e6c1a
--- See the archives (links above) for more CRINMail content

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

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More content from the Child Rights Information Network
- this link takes you further down on the page you're now reading

From the
United Nations:

[ http://www.un.org/ ]

Universal Children's Day
20 November 2014

http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday/index.shtml

By Resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954 [ http://goo.gl/jnzvn8 ], the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. (...) The date 20 November, marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child [ http://goo.gl/8yhSwS ], in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child [ http://www.unicef.org/crc/ ], in 1989.
(...)
There is much to celebrate as we mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention, from declining infant mortality to rising school enrolment, but this historic milestone must also serve as an urgent reminder that much remains to be done. Too many children still do not enjoy their full rights on par with their peers.

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From UNICEF:
http://www.unicef.org/

Convention on the Rights of the Child
http://www.unicef.org/crc/

25 years after the CRC, it's time to ask: Is the world a better place for children?
http://www.unicef.org/crc/index_75896.html

CANADA: Persistent violations of children's rights
http://www.crin.org/resources/infoDetail.asp?ID=29731&flag=report
October 31, 2012
Summary:
The violations highlighted are those issues raised with the State by more than one international mechanism. This is done with the intention of identifying children's rights which have been repeatedly violated, as well as gaps in the issues covered by NGOs in their alternative reports to the various human rights monitoring bodies. These violations are listed in no particular order.

Violations:

* Use of, and conditions in, detention for children
* Violence against children, including domestic violence
* Sexual exploitation of children
* Inequality in the provision of social and welfare services for vulnerable children, including those from minority backgrounds
* Poverty disproportionately affecting children from minority backgrounds
* Barriers to access to education for children from minority backgrounds and discrimination against those children within the education system
* Gap between healthcare provision for children from indigenous backgrounds and other Canadians
* Discrimination against First Nations women and children in relation to personal status rules

Source:
Child Rights International Network
http://www.crin.org/

Related link:

Children's Rights Wiki
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/
The Children's Rights Wiki aims to make the large volume of information that exists about children's rights more accessible, to highlight persistent violations and to inspire collective action. Organisations and individuals working to advance children's rights can contribute to the Wiki. This includes international and national NGOs, Children's Ombudspersons, legal organisations, governmental organisations and academics, among others.

More info about Children's Rights Wiki
and how *you* can contribute:
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Questions_and_Answers

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Sixty first session (17 September - 5 October 2012)
Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 44 of the Convention
* Concluding observations: Canada
(PDF - 348K, 22 pages)
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/co/CRC-C-CAN-CO-3-4_en.pdf
5 October 2012
This report is the Committee's response to the Third and Fourth Reports of Canada (see below);
it includes all 92 recommendations of the Committee.

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Convention on the Rights of the Child
Third and Fourth Reports of Canada
Covering the period January 1998 – December 2007
(PDF - 780K, 212 pages)
[As received on 20 November 2009]
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/AdvanceVersions/CRC-C-CAN-3_4.pdf
This report outlines key measures adopted in Canada from January 1998 to December 2007, to enhance implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OP-AC).

Convention on the Rights of the Child
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/crc.htm
Full text

More information regarding
the Convention on the Rights of the Child:
http://www.unicef.org/crc/

Source:
Committee on the Rights of the Child
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/
Part of
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/WelcomePage.aspx

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From the
Toronto Star:

It’s time for Canada to improve its grades when it comes to children’s rights
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1271039
October 14, 2012
By Marv Bernstein
Our schoolchildren are not the only ones with report cards on their progress this fall. The government of Canada has just received a report card from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child [ http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/ ] on how it is fulfilling its commitments to protect children’s rights. Our country’s record is mixed and Canada is not keeping up with gains being made in other industrialized countries.

By accepting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child [ http://www.unicef.org/crc/ ] in 1991, Canada accepted a duty to realize the rights of its seven million children. The UN committee reviewed Canada’s record last September and issued a report card (in the form of concluding observations) last week. The results of this report card should come as no surprise to those of us in Canada.
(...)
The UN committee’s recommendations addressed concerns on a broad range of conditions affecting how children grow up in Canada, such as: the lack of progress in reducing Canada’s child poverty rate; the overrepresentation of aboriginal and African Canadian children in the child welfare and youth criminal justice systems; the lack of full or equitable protection extended to children when they work; and the evolution of new challenges like mental illness and unhealthy weight without adequate responses. And perhaps most noteworthy, where a child lives should not determine how a child can realize his/her rights. As the committee remarked, “Children in similar situations” should not be “subject to disparities in the fulfilment of their rights depending on the province or territory they reside in.”

[ Author Marv Bernstein is chief advocacy adviser for UNICEF Canada and a former children’s advocate for Saskatchewan.]

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

United Nations raps Canada on children's rights
http://www.timescolonist.com/life/raps+Canada+children+rights/7306925/story.html
September 27, 2012
In hearings in Geneva to examine Canada's adherence to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Ottawa was repeatedly taken to task for incoherence about how federal and provincial programs actually help kids.
United Nations officials say they're concerned vulnerable Canadian children might be falling through the cracks of a fractious federal system that lacks accountability and a clear strategy. The UN's committee on the rights of the child said Canada needs to "raise the bar" in how it protects the rights of children, especially when it comes to aboriginal, disabled and immigrant kids.

The committee also slapped Canada's wrist for allowing corporal punishment, for growing income inequality, and for not having brought Omar Khadr back to Canada from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Exports of asbestos, slow action on climate change, and weak controls over the behaviour of Canadian corporations overseas were raised as concerns.

Source:
Victoria Times-Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/

Related links:

From the
Committee on the Rights of the Child
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Committee on rights of child considers report of Canada
http://goo.gl/AbYWQ
Press Release and Meeting Summary
27 September 2012

The Committee on the Rights of the Child completed its consideration of the combined third and fourth periodic reports of Canada on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child this morning.
Recommended reading --- includes a list of the federal government's accomplishments in the area of children's rights from 1998 to 2007, along with critique by the Children's Rights Committee of the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights.
- Click the link above for the presentation of a summary of the report by a senior official from the Public Health Agency of Canada, followed by questions from the experts on the committee and responses by the Delegation. See the probing questions by Maria Herczog, the Committee Member acting as a Co-Country Rapporteur for the report of Canada.

The report(s) under consideration:

Convention on the Rights of the Child
Third and Fourth Reports of Canada
Covering the period January 1998 – December 2007
(PDF - 780K, 212 pages)
[As received on 20 November 2009]
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/AdvanceVersions/CRC-C-CAN-3_4.pdf
This report outlines key measures adopted in Canada from January 1998 to December 2007, to enhance implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OP-AC).
Table of contents:
* Measures Adopted by the Government of Canada
* Measures Adopted by the Governments of the Provinces
* Measures Adopted by the Governments of the Territories
Appendices
1 – Review of Jurisprudence
2 – Public Consultations
3 – Provincial and Territorial Children’s Advocates
4 – Statistical Information
5 – Government of Canada Response to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

Source:
Committee on the Rights of the Child
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/
Part of
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/WelcomePage.aspx

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Table of Contents for the
page you're now reading:

Click on keywords below to jump directly to specific sections further down on the page you're now reading, or scroll down to browse the complete collection of sites and selected content.

The State of the World's Children
Child Development Index
Canada's Record on Children's Rights

Human Rights Watch World Report 2009
Canada's National Plan of Action for Children - [ Public Health Agency of Canada website and Senator Landon Pearson's website ]
Human Resources and Social Development Canada - including A Canada Fit for Children : Canada’s plan of action in response to the May 2002 United Nations Special Session on Children (April 2004)
Canada at the United Nations (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade)
Human Rights Program (Canadian Heritage)
Convention on the Rights of the Child - (complete text from Canadian Heritage)
15th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
National/Universal Child Day
UNICEF Canada
National Children's Alliance
Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children
Save the Children Canada
Canadian Children's Rights Council

Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (Quebec ministry of employment and social solidarity - Plan d'action)
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations, Geneva Office
UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre

Millennium Development Goals
Child Rights Information Network
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - incl. the official website of the UN Special Session on Children
Eurochild
BOES.ORG : Children's Rights Across the World
- incl. text of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 17 languages and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in eight languages
International Bureau for Children's Rights
Human Rights 101 (U.S. site)
World Forum 2004 - Buenos Aires, September 27-30, 2004
Human Rights Education Associates
Fair Play for Children (U.K.) - promoting children's right to play

Related Canadian Social Research Links pages:
- Early Learning and Child Care in Canada - Canadian NGO Links
- Early Learning and Child Care in Canada - Canadian Govt. Links
- Children, Families and Youth - Canadian Government Links
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Children, Families and Youth - Canadian NGO Links
- Children, Families and Youth - International Links
- Unofficial Social Union Links Page (national)
- Unofficial Provincial/Territorial Social Union Links Page
See these related outside sites also...
- The (official) Social Union website
- The National Child Benefit website


From UNICEF:

The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World
http://www.unicef.org/sowc2012/index.php
December 2011
Almost half the world’s children now live in urban areas; the report calls for greater emphasis on identifying and meeting their needs.

Complete report:

The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World (PDF - 4MB, 156 pages)
http://www.unicef.org/sowc2012/pdfs/SOWC-2012-Main-Report_EN_21Dec2011.pdf

Updates and corrections to the report up to Feb. 29, 2012 (small PDF file, 2 pages):
http://goo.gl/Kx6EX

Executive summary (PDF - 1.1MB, 16 pages)
http://goo.gl/J5Dx3
Key recommendations:
Increasing numbers of children are growing up in urban areas. they must be afforded the amenities
and opportunities they need to realize their rights and potential.
Urgent action must be taken to:

1. Better understand the scale and nature of poverty and exclusion affecting children in urban areas.
2. Identify and remove the barriers to inclusion.
3. Ensure that urban planning, infrastructure development, service delivery and broader efforts to reduce poverty and inequality meet the particular needs and priorities of children.
4. Promote partnership between all levels of government and the urban poor – especially children and young people.
5. Pool the resources and energies of international, national, municipal and community actors in support of efforts to ensure that marginalized and impoverished children enjoy their full rights.
These actions are not goals but means to an end: fairer, more nurturing cities and societies for all people – starting with children.

Statistical tables for 2011
http://www.unicef.org/sowc2012/statistics.php

Figures
http://www.unicef.org/sowc2012/figures.php

Panels
http://www.unicef.org/sowc2012/panels.php

Press materials
http://www.unicef.org/sowc2012/press.php

Children in an Increasingly Urban World : Infographic (PDF - 124K, 1 page)
http://goo.gl/STbhr

Previous editions of The State of the World's Children
http://www.unicef.org/sowc/index.html

Source:
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Related link:

UNICEF Canada
Since 1955, UNICEF Canada has grown into a recognized national symbol for the world’s children and the most visible United Nations presence across the country. UNICEF Canada’s mandate is to raise funds in support of UNICEF’s work for children in more than 150 countries and territories and build awareness among Canadians about the issues facing the world’s children.

Media coverage of the report
from The Scout Report (University of Wisconsin):

The State of the World's Children 2012
The first link below will take visitors a piece from this Tuesday's Guardian which offers commentary on this recently released report. Moving on, the second link will whisk users away to the official report press release from UNICEF's press center. The third link will take interested parties to a post from the Los Angeles Times' World Now blog which includes a short video about the report and its basic findings. The fourth link leads to the entire State of the World's Children Report, along with interviews with experts, infographics, and figures. The fifth link leads to the full text of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1959. The last link leads to the homepage of the UN's Committee on the Rights of the Child. Here visitors can learn about this independent body, their work, and also read their press releases and papers.

Children in urban areas around the world continue to face tremendous challenges
Make children the cornerstone of urban decision-making, urges UNICEF
http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/feb/28/unicef-children-central-urban-planning

Cities are failing children, UNICEF warns
http://www.unicef.org/media/media_61839.html

World's slum children in desperate need, UNICEF says
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/02/unicef-report-says-worlds-slum-children-in-desperate-need.html

Children in an Urban World: The State of the World's Children 2012
http://www.unicef.org/sowc2012/

Declaration of the Rights of The Child
http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/humanrights/resources/child.asp

Committee on the Rights of the Child
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/

In 1959, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child to complement the Declaration of Human Rights approved in 1948. The hope was that this declaration would secure certain basic rights for children across the globe, regardless of nation origin, ethnicity, or other factors. Over the intervening five decades, much progress has been made, but according to a report released by UNICEF this Tuesday, many children in urban areas still face tremendous challenges. Commenting on the report, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake noted that "Today an increasing number of children living in slums and shantytowns are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in the world, deprived of the most basic services and denied the right to thrive." While cities often offer children the advantages of a diverse set of schools, health care and playgrounds, they do not work very well for the majority of those children living in poverty. For example, in some poor neighborhoods, a basic necessity like water can cost 50 times more than in wealthier neighborhoods, where residents are connected directly to water mains. The report is worth reading, and the hope is that it will inspire a broad coalition to tackle some of these challenges head on.

Source:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2012.

http://scout.wisc.edu/


The State of the World’s Children Special 20th anniversary of the CRC
On 20 November 1989, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. To commemorate this landmark, UNICEF is dedicating a special edition of its flagship report, The State of the World’s Children, to child rights. The report and accompanying video address the progress that has been made in the last 20 years and the role the Convention can fulfill moving forward into the future.

UNICEF’s State of The World’s Children report commemorates 20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Press release
NEW YORK, 19 November 2009 – A special edition issue of UNICEF's flagship The State of the World's Children report, tracking the impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the challenges that remain, was released today on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Convention’s adoption by the UN General Assembly.

State of the World's Children - Celebrating 20 Years
of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

November 2009
Full report
(PDF - 4MB, 100 pages)
Executive Summary
(PDF - 715K, 16 pages)
Statistical tables for 2009
Panels

Source:
UNICEF

The State of the World’s Children, 2009:
Maternal and Newborn Health

January 2009
"The State of the World's Children 2009 examines critical issues in maternal and newborn health, underscoring the need to establish a comprehensive continuum of care for mothers, newborns and children. The report outlines the latest paradigms in health programming and policies for mothers and newborns, and explores policies, programmes and partnerships aimed at improving maternal and neonatal health. Africa and Asia are a key focus for this report, which complements the previous year's issue on child survival."

[ Previous editions of The State of the World's Children reports - back to 1996]

Source:
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

The State of the World's Children 2008
News Release
[GENEVA, 22 January 2008] – Strategies that can help reduce the number of children who die before their fifth birthday were highlighted today, at the launch of UNICEF’s flagship report - The State of the World’s Children 2008: Child Survival – in Geneva. While recent data show a fall in the rate of under-five mortality, the State of the World’s Children Report 2008 goes beyond the numbers to suggest actions and initiatives that should lead to further progress.

Complete report:

State of the World's Children 2008 (PDF file - 4.3MB, 164 pages)




Child Development Index

December 2008
Save the Children UK has just launched a ground-breaking publication - The Child Development Index. This is the first-ever global index comparing countries' performance on child well-being. It uses child-specific indicators in health, education and nutrition to rank countries in every region of the world. It is a vital tool for policy-making and development analysis worldwide.

The Child Development Index:
Holding governments to account for children’s wellbeing
(PDF - 227K, 30 pages)
December 2008
"(...) we are highlighting three areas that warrant much more sustained attention and decisive action on the part of national governments, the international donor community, development
NGOs, and the private sector : child malnutrition, equitable development and women’s education and empowerment."
- Canada is third-best of 137 countries, after Japan and Spain.

Source:
Save the Children UK
We’re the world’s independent children’s rights organisation. We’re outraged that millions of children are still denied proper healthcare, food, education and protection and we’re determined to change this. Save the Children UK is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, transforming children’s lives in more than 100 countries.


Canada's Record on Children's Rights
- September 2007
The CCRC thinks Canadians have a right to know what Canada was asked to do in 2003 when its Second Report on the Rights of Children was reviewed. If the 45 recommendations were followed, children in Canada would benefit. Read the overview to learn what this means for children, and get additional information on specific issues in the background notes. Canada reports again in 2009. It is time to take action on the 2003 recommendations to improve our record.
- incl. links to :

* Overview - 2003 Review of Canada’s Record * Non-Discrimination * Best Interests of the Child * Accountability * CRC and Canadian Law * CRC and Basic Services * Vulnerable Groups

Children: Silenced Citizens?
In 2004 the Senate Human Rights Committee began a study of Canada's international obligations in relation to the rights of children in Canada. The final report in 2007, Children: The Silenced Citizens, makes 24 recommendations to bring Canada into compliance with our legal obligations. The government must respond to the report by mid-November 2007. [bolding added]

Resources About Children's Rights In Canada
- list of resources about the Convention on the Rights of the Child including the full text of the convention, information booklets, and a classroom curriculum.

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Source:
Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC)
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) has been representing children's organizations in Canada since 1989. The CCRC brings together Canadian organizations and individuals who are concerned about the rights of children.

Related links:

A Response to the Final Report, Children: The Silenced Citizens, of the
Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights in Relation to the Convention on the Rights of the Child
(PDF file - 768K, 61 pages)
By Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald
August 17, 2007
"(...) This Shadow Report exposes gaps that have not been addressed in the Canadian Standing Senate Committee Final Report, Children: The Silenced Citizens and offers solutions that, in our opinion, would help address duty and promote caring so that Canada increasingly becomes a country safe and supportive for all children. (Excerpt from the summary of recommendations)
Source:
Persons Against Ritual Abuse

Children: The Silenced Citizens
EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF CANADA’S
INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN
Final Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

The Honourable Raynell Andreychuk, Chair
The Honourable Joan Fraser, Deputy Chair
April 2007
HTML version
PDF version
(1.3MB, 323 pages)
(...)In November 2004, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights was authorized by the Senate to examine and report upon Canada’s international obligations with regard to the rights and freedoms of children. From the outset, the Committee reviewed Canada’s international obligations with respect to children’s rights as a case study reflecting the broader implications of ensuring that domestic legislation and policies comply with Canada’s international human rights obligations, and in keeping with a broader mandate that began with this Committee’s first report in 2001, Promises to Keep: Implementing Canada’s Human Rights Obligations. The primary aim of this study was to assess whether the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has been implemented, whether Canadian children are benefiting from it, and whether the Convention has been used as a tool to address key problems of facing children in this country. The Committee also looked at the role of Parliament within this framework. (Excerpt from the Executive Summary)

Executive Summary
Summary of Recommendations


Source:
Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

Related link:

Canada Still Resisting Rights for Children (PDF file - 28K, 1 page)
Press Release
April 26, 2007
Ottawa, ON - The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights released a comprehensive report today with respect to the rights of children. Children: The Silenced Citizens clearly indicates how Canada’s “compliance is … inadequate”. The gap between “rhetoric and reality” has left Canadian children vulnerable, with no representation at the federal government level to work on their behalf.
Source:
Child Welfare League of Canada

Who's in Charge Here? Effective Implementation of Canada's
International Obligations with Respect to the Rights of Children
Interim Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights
Nineteenth Report
Chair: The Honourable Raynell Andreychuk
Deputy Chair: The Honourable Landon Pearson
November 2005
"On November 3, 2004, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights (“the Committee”) was authorized by the Senate to examine and report upon Canada’s international obligations with respect to the rights and freedoms of children. In particular, the Committee was authorized to “examine our obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; and whether Canada’s legislation as it applies to children meets our obligations under this Convention.”" [Excerpt from p. 8 of the Introduction ]
PDF version (789K, 218 pages)

Source:
Reports of the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights (38th Parliament, 1st Session)
[Senate of Canada Standing Committee on Human Rights ]


2009 World Report: Obama Should Emphasize Human Rights
Stop Abusive States From Playing System to Avert Criticism

News Release
January 14, 2009
(Washington, DC) - The incoming Obama administration will need to put human rights at the heart of foreign, domestic, and security policy if it is to undo the enormous damage of the Bush years, Human Rights Watch said today in issuing its World Report 2009.

Complete report:

Human Rights Watch World Report 2009 (PDF - 4.5MB, 576 pages)
January 2009
This report is Human Rights Watch's nineteenth annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarises key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events through November 2008. Each country entry identifies significant human rights issues, examines the freedom of local human rights defenders to conduct their work, and surveys the response of key international actors, such as the United Nations, European Union, Japan, the United States, and various regional and international organisations and institutions.
Source:
Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes.]


Canada's National Plan of Action for Children website
[THIS LINK IS DEAD.]
The Canadian government is moving forward in the development of Canada's national plan of action (NPA) for children
Source:
Division of Childhood and Adolescence - part of the Public Health Agency of Canada
The Division Childhood and Adolescence is a focal point for policy development, research, and strategic analysis of trends regarding broad determinants of health regarding children and youth in Canada.

A World Fit for Children (PDF file - 151K, 23 pages)
June 2002
"A World Fit for Children was negotiated over three years by the nations of the world and adopted by consensus at the Special Session. It comprises three parts: a) Declaration; b) Review of progress and lessons learned; and c) Plan of Action. The Plan of Action focuses on four main themes: i) promoting healthy lives; ii) providing quality education; iii) protecting against abuse, exploitation, and violence; and iv) combating HIV/AIDS."
(From the UNICEF website)

Centre of Excellence for Child welfare

Building a Future Together:
Issues and Outcomes for Transition-Aged Youth
(PDF file - 1.2MB, 69 pages)
November 2006
By Carrie Reid and Peter Dudding
The Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare, along with the Child Welfare League of Canada and the National Youth in Care Network, are proud to announce the release of Building a Future Together: Issues and Outcomes for Transition-Aged Youth. This paper examines the complex issues facing youth as they transition out of state care and into adulthood. Eight areas are discussed: relationships, education, housing, life skills, identity, youth engagement, emotional healing and financial support. Also included is an examination of international practices in this area as well as the results of a survey of transition to adulthood programs and policies in each province and territory.

Related links:

Youth Leaving Care – How Do They Fare?
Briefing Paper
(PDF file - 242K, 31 pages)
September 2005
By Anne Tweddle
"This discussion paper was prepared for the Modernizing Income Security for Working Age Adults (MISWAA) Project in order to support and inform short- and long-term recommendations respecting challenges facing youth leaving care."
Source:
* Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working Age Adults ("MISWAA") - they produced the report
[NOTE: This Task Force was created under the Toronto City Summit Alliance,
whose name changed in 2010 to Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
* Laidlaw Foundation
- they funded the report

Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC - University of Ottawa)

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre is an independent centre within the University of Ottawa. Its Director is a Professor of the Faculty of Law. The Centre's Advisory Committee provides advice on major new research and education directions, and works as an avenue for linkages and communications with the various constituencies which the Centre serves.

 

International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD)
Children as Partners (CAP)

International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD)
"IICRD is a Canadian leader in community-based, national, regional and international applications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These applications are unique in that they provide a "culturally grounded" approach to children's rights that build on children's natural resiliency (strengths) as well as the strengths of families, communities and culture."

Related Link:

Children as Partners (CAP)
"Children as Partners is a place where young people and adults from around the world who support child participation can share what they think, what they know and helpful information."

Source:
Centre for Global Studies

University of Victoria

Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC)

A Canada Fit for Children
News Release
May 10, 2004
"The Government of Canada today announced the release of A Canada Fit for Children, its official response to the commitments made on May 10, 2002, at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children. (...) Senator Landon Pearson, who was instrumental in developing the document, submitted it to the United Nations in New York City on April 22, 2004, on behalf of the Government of Canada. 'A Canada Fit for Children is the result of input from thousands of Canadians, including young people, who have a common interest in the rights and well-being of children,' said Senator Pearson."

Complete report:

A Canada Fit for Children : Canada’s plan of action in response to the May 2002
United Nations Special Session on Children
April 2004
HTML version - (Table of contents) links to : Preface - Declaration - Toward A Common Canadian Vision for Children - Plan of Action - Government of Canada Investments in and Commitments to Children
PDF version (359K, 53 pages)

Google News search Results : "A Canada Fit for Children"
Google Web Search Results : "A Canada Fit for Children"
Source:
Google.ca

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)

Canada and the United Nations
- incl. links to : * About Us * Canada and the UN * Overview of the UN * Diplomatic Missions * Policy Positions * Statements * Press Releases * Press Review * e-mail alerts * Events * Civil Society Gateway * FAQ * Quick Links (United Nations - This Week at the UN - UN Journal - Press Releases - Jobs & Internships - Canadian International Development Agency - Canada in the World - The UN Works - UNICEF Canada - UNA-Canada) * Canadian Priorities (UN Reform - Environment - Human Security - Human Rights - Counter-Terrorism - Global Health - Millennium Development Goals
- this site is managed by the United Nations and Commonwealth Affairs Division of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

Human Rights Program at Canadian Heritage
"The mission of the Human Rights Program is to promote the development, understanding, respect for and enjoyment of human rights in Canada."

Human Rights Program
- incl. links to : * Did You Know? * Links * Themes and Tributes * Funding Program * Publications and Documents * Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms * Human Rights in Canada * International Human Rights
- Links to other Human Rights websites

Rights of Children
[ This link is dead.]
- incl. links to : International Initiatives | Canada's Engagement | FPT Initiatives | Other Resources

National/Universal Child Day - November 20

National Child Day 2007 - The Right to be Active
"The theme for National Child Day 2007 is The Right to be Active. The theme was chosen to encourage physical activity among children and inform parents, caregivers and educators that physical activity is essential to children’s health and well-being. This theme also reflects Canada’s commitments under Article 24 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, which recognizes children’s right to be healthy and enjoy the highest attainable standard of health."
- incl. links to:
* About National Child Day * Activities for Kids * For Parents/Caregivers * For Educators * The Right to be Active * Partners & Links * Give us Feedback * Download Poster
Source:
Public Health Agency of Canada

NOTE: In April 2007, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights released Children : The Silenced Citizens, a report on children's rights in Canada. The Committee made 24 recommendations with respect to Canada and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 24 of the Convention, which is the theme of this year's National Child Day, is mentioned only in recommendation 15: "Pursuant to articles 2, 23, 24, 33, and 39 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Committee recommends that the federal, provincial, and territorial governments implement an improved process to improve services to special needs children by July 2008."
What about the other 23 recommendations??
Is Canada committed ONLY to article 24 of the Convention??

Related links:

Canada failing many kids, says report
Canada has a poor record on promoting children’s rights and healthy development, including scandalously high rates of child poverty, according to a new report.
November 20, 2007
Canada has a poor record on promoting children’s rights and healthy development, including scandalously high rates of child poverty, according to a new report released on National Child Day. Improving the situation starts with strong public services like child care.
NOTE: click the link above to access over two dozen related resources --- see the links both within the text and in the right-hand margin of the page
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

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Universal Children's Day
20 November
- links to dozens of resources
Source:
United Nations

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National Child Day 2005 - November 20
- incl. links to : Message from Senator Pearson - National Child Day Activities - More about National Child Day - Partners and Links - Fun Zone

Partners and Links - incl. Government Partners - Non-Governmental Organization Partners - Other Interesting Links

Source:
Division Childhood and Adolescence
[ Public Health Agency of Canada ]

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From the United Nations Association in Canada

Universal Children's Day
"After the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted in 1989, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries choose a day to promote children's welfare. Although observance of the day varies from country to country, the Government of Canada designated November 20th as National Child Day, to commemorate the day on which both the Declaration on the Rights of the Child (1959) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) were adopted."

- Canadian Connections: Canada and Children's Rights
- Suggested Activities for Universal Children's Day
- Links

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From the Canadian Children's Rights Council:

Canada's National Child Day
"National Child Day's purpose is to promote awareness in Canada of the Convention. It is also a day to support Canadian children's rights by voicing your concerns about Canadian children's rights violations to the politicians of Canada and to educate our children about their rights and responsibilities."

UNICEF Canada

What's Right for Some: Portrait of Canada's first generation
growing up under the Convention on the Rights of the Child
(PDF file - 1.3MB, 45 pages)
"(...) The Convention on the Rights of the Child came into international effect eighteen years ago. This year, the first generation of children born with these universal rights leave their childhoods officially behind them. Has the well-being of this "first rights generation" improved? UNICEF Canada took the temperature of this generation and we find that, while there has been some progress for some children in some places, for too many children we've stalled or even regressed in some aspects of their health, development and protection..."

Children Must Be a Priority in Canada: UNICEF Canada Says
UNICEF Canada Calls for National Children's Commissioner to Protect Children's Rights
September 28, 2007
Despite the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 18 years ago, children in Canada continue to live in poverty and their voices remain largely unheard, Nigel Fisher, President & CEO of UNICEF Canada, said today at a forum on children's rights.
Source:
News Blaze

The First Rights Generation Comes of Age
On November 20, 2007, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) turns eighteen. Young people celebrating their eighteenth birthday this year are the first generation born with universal rights of their own. Have their childhood experiences with rights been something to celebrate?

UNICEF Canada's petition for a National Children's Commissioner
"UNICEF Canada believes a national Children’s Commissioner is crucial to focus national responsibility and accountability for the implementation of the Convention in Canada’s federal system."

Share your views on what it is like to be a child/young person in Canada and what needs to be done to improve the conditions in which children grow up.
Your views will inform the next Canadian report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Past conference:

A Canada Fit For Children: A South Asian Plan of Action
September 13-14, 2004
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"South Asia Partnership Canada, the Canadian Society for International Health, Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, the Children and Armed Conflict Working Group of the Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee, UNICEF Canada and Action Canada for Population and Development invite you to a participatory conference to accelerate the implementation of “A Canada Fit for Children”, Canada’s National Plan of Action in South Asia.
Background
On April 22, 2004, the Canadian Government submitted A Canada Fit For Children, Canada's official response to its commitment for a National Plan of Action for children made at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children in May 2002. An important feature of this plan is what Canada will do internationally to help children. This participatory conference will focus on South Asia, where there is the greatest concentration of people - and children - in poverty."

Conference Program
Online Registration

Subscribe to Children's Issues in South Asia On-Line Discussion
20 Aug 2004
"The Canada Fit for Children (CFC) list-server starting on August 23, 2004, is an advance discussion for conference participants and those who cannot attend in Canada and in South Asia.
(...)Once you subscribe, you will then be able to post and receive messages from like-minded colleagues from South Asia, Canada and other parts of the world. The dialogue will be moderated and compiled for presentation to the conference plenary in September."

Source:
South Asia Partnership Canada
"South Asia Partnership Canada serves as a forum of Canadian organizations that, together and with South Asian partners, works for sustainable human development in the region. SAP Canada works on three major themes: Peace and Security, Governance and Democracy, and Sustainable Livelihoods."

The Road to the UN Special Session on Children
UNICEF Canada Press Releases

August 27, 2001

Process Behind Session Is Noteworthy in Its Own Right

Related Link:

Say Yes for Children (UNICEF) - [you'll find more UNICEF links further down on this page]

National Children's Alliance
"The National Children's Alliance is a network of 54 national organizations committed to improving the lives of children and youth in Canada."

National Children’s Alliance Newsletter - December 2003 (PDF file - 291K, 9 pages)
In this Issue:
- Towards Working Together for Aboriginal Children in Canada– A National Children's Agenda (NCA) Workshop - October 29th 2003
- Community Infrastructure Fund Update
- Keeping the Promise – The Role of Monitoring in the Advocacy of the NCA” - NCA Workshop November 27th –28th, 2003
- National Plan of Action
- Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance
- China Delegation Visit (November 11)
- Meeting with Minister Stewart (October 20, 2003)
- National Children’s Alliance Member News
- more...

The National Children's Alliance and A Rights Based Approach: Setting the Context for Discussion and Action (PDF file - 311K, 29 pages)
April 2003

National Children's Alliance: Recommendations for Canada's National Plan of Action for Children (PDF file - 142K, 6 pages)
June 2003

Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC)
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) has been representing children's organizations in Canada since 1989. The CCRC brings together Canadian organizations and individuals who are concerned about the rights of children.

Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC)
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is a non-profit, voluntary organization dedicated to the full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada and around the world. The CCRC is a network of Canadian organizations and individuals who promote respect for the rights of children. Its purpose is to: exchange information; provide public education materials about the Convention on the Rights of the Child; monitor implementation of the Convention in Canada; and engage in dialogue with government officials on child rights issues. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the guiding framework for all activities of the coalition.

Report on Children’s Rights in Canada Released Today (PDF - 66K, 2 pages)
News Release
November 1, 2011
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) released a comprehensive analysis of Canada’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child today. The report, “Right in Principle, Right in Practice,” assesses how well Canada respects the basic rights of children and makes recommendations for major improvements. This report is independent of the official report done by the Government of Canada. It was submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, to inform its third review of Canada’s implementation of children’s rights in 2012.

The report:

Right in principle, right in practice:
Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada
(PDF - 846K, 98 pages)
November 2011
(...)To help Canada improve its performance [regarding children's rights], the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) collaborated with more than thirty civil society organizations and individual experts to compile a community-based analysis of progress on children’s rights in Canada. For each theme, this report highlights important data and key issues. It also makes recommendations for action. This report is supported by detailed research reports available for public use through the CCRC website, at www.rightsofchildren.ca

[ Version française : Mise en oeuvre de la Convention relative aux droits de l’enfant (fichier PDF - 801Ko., 51 pages) ]
NOTA : La version française est plus courte parce que les pages sont doublées; le contenu est le même dans les deux langues.

Key Points about the CCRC Alternative Report (PDF - 127K, 4 pages)

Monitoring - Click the link, then scroll down the page to "Research Reports on Specific Themes" for links to over two dozen special reports on a wide variety of topics, including: * Violence against Children * Sexual Exploitation * Healthy Conditions and Health Care * Workplace Exploitation * Education * Youth Justice System * Right to Play * Early Childhood Development and Care * Right to Family and Culture * Children with Disabilities * Aboriginal Children * Child Welfare and Children’s Rights * more...

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Best Interests of the Child: Meaning and Application in Canada
The Best Interests of the Child is a central principle in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A new report, released by the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, explores how this principle has been used, misused, and under-used in the context of Canadian policy and practice. The report, entitled Best Interests of the Child: Meaning and Application in Canada, proposes a rights-based approach for application in a wide variety of areas. Based on research and a national, multi-disciplinary conference, the report hopes to foster reflection in Canada on how well we are living up to our commitment to act in the best interests of children.

Complete report:

Best Interests of the Child:
Meaning and Application in Canada
(PDF - 3.8MB, 90 pages)
June 2009

Further information:

* Council of Europe: The best interests of the child - what it means and what it demands from adults (June 2008)
* UN High Commissioner for Refugees Guidelines on Determining the Best Interests of the Child (June 2008)

Source:
Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children is a non-profit, voluntary organization
dedicated to the full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada and around the world.

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Canada's Record on Children's Rights - September 2007
The CCRC thinks Canadians have a right to know what Canada was asked to do in 2003 when its Second Report on the Rights of Children was reviewed. If the 45 recommendations were followed, children in Canada would benefit. Read the overview to learn what this means for children, and get additional information on specific issues in the background notes. Canada reports again in 2009. It is time to take action on the 2003 recommendations to improve our record.
- incl. links to :

* Overview - 2003 Review of Canada’s Record * Non-Discrimination * Best Interests of the Child * Accountability * CRC and Canadian Law * CRC and Basic Services * Vulnerable Groups

Children: Silenced Citizens?
In 2004 the Senate Human Rights Committee began a study of Canada's international obligations in relation to the rights of children in Canada. The final report in 2007, Children: The Silenced Citizens, makes 24 recommendations to bring Canada into compliance with our legal obligations. The government must respond to the report by mid-November 2007.

Resources About Children's Rights In Canada
- list of resources about the Convention on the Rights of the Child including the full text of the convention, information booklets, and a classroom curriculum.

Save the Children Canada
"Save the Children Canada is a non-political, non-sectarian organization that has spent 80 years working to protect the children of the world from neglect, cruelty and exploitation. The organization's role has ranged from giving emergency aid to starving young victims, to supporting children, families and communities in developing countries and at home in Canada."

NOTE : this site no longer exists.
Thanks to the Internet Archive, though, you can access a cached copy of most of the site content as it existed in April 2005.

Canadian Children's Rights Council

Highly recommended site - tons of content!
"The Canadian Children's Rights Council was formed in the early 1990's to monitor compliance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada. (...) We are a non-profit, non governmental educational and advocacy organization dedicated to supporting the rights and responsibilities of Canadian children. (...) We are a member of the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN), an international, world-wide organization which is comprised of over 2000 member children's rights organizations."
- covers many aspects of children's rights, including child poverty, child and youth justice, children's identity rights, child protection, parental alienation syndrome and much more...
- large section devoted to education about the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child + analysis of the Government of Canada's actions and reports to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Canadian Children's Rights Council Links
- 200+ links in the following areas:
* United Nations * Human Rights Commissions in Canada * Human Rights Commissions in countries other than Canada * Child Genital Mutilation * Child Abuse * The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN ) * Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) * Youth Suicide * Children's Identity Rights / Children's Identity Fraud / Paternity Fraud * Child Poverty * ADHD - Ritlan * National Child Day * Canadian Family Law / Parent support Groups * Canadian University Human Rights Related Sites * International Children's Rights Links * Non-Canadian University / College Human Rights Related Sites * Canadian University Law Schools * Other Links of Interest

Table of Contents - large collection of online resources, mostly news articles.

Canada's National Child Day
"National Child Day's purpose is to promote awareness in Canada of the Convention. It is also a day to support Canadian children's rights by voicing your concerns about Canadian children's rights violations to the politicians of Canada and to educate our children about their rights and responsibilities."

Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (English home page of the Quebec ministry of employment and social solidarity)

Un Québec digne des enfants : le plan d’action pour les enfants (fichier PDF - 420Ko., 38 pages)
[NOTE: this document is available only in French. It is Québec's report to the UN Special Session on Children]
Services à la famille
27 janvier 2005
Ce document fait suite à la Session extraordinaire des Nations Unies consacrée aux enfants qui s’est tenue à New York en mai 2002. À cette occasion, les États membres, dont le Canada, ont renouvelé leurs engagements de fixer de nouveaux objectifs afin de mieux soutenir les enfants.
Source:
Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (page d'accueil en français du Ministère)
Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (English home page of the Ministry)

Liens connexes:
Les droits de l'enfant (une page de liens sur le site que vous visitez présentement)
Agence de santé publique (ministère du gouvernement fédéral)

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
"The United Nations vision is of a world in which the human rights of all are fully respected and enjoyed in conditions of global peace. The High Commissioner works to keep that vision to the forefront through constant encouragement of the international community and its member States to uphold universally agreed human rights standards."

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties. It also monitors implementation of two optional protocols to the Convention, on involvement of children in armed conflict and on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

Committee on the Rights of the Child - Sessions

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Second periodic reports of States parties due in 1999 : Canada (PDF file - 992K, 284 pages)
March 12, 2003
- second report submitted by Canada under the terms of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- contains information on measures adopted by the Government of Canada and the provincial and territorial governments to ensure the protection of children’s rights in Canada.
- covers (mainly) the period of January 1993 to December 1997 (with occasional exceptions).
"While the ratification of international treaties is the prerogative of the Government of Canada, implementation of the treaties requires the active participation of the governments which have jurisdiction over the subject matters covered. In Canada, the responsibility for areas covered by the Convention on the Rights of the Child is shared by the Government of Canada, the provincial governments and, following a delegation of authority by the Parliament of Canada, the territorial governments."

List of points : Canada
Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
List of issues to be taken up in connection with the consideration of the second periodic report of Canada
July 3, 2003
Committee on the Rights of the Child, 34th Session
Pre-sessional Working Group
10 – 13 June 2003

United Nations, Geneva Office

UN News from Geneva

Day of General Discussion 2007: Resources for the Rights of the Child - responsibility of States*
September 21, 2007
Geneva, Switzerland

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child devoted its 2007 Day of General Discussion to the subject "Resources for the Rights of the Child - Responsibility of States", Investments for the Implementation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Children and International Cooperation (CRC article 4).
*NOTE: this page contains links to 30+ NGO submissions and contributions to the Committee

UN OHCHR - Committee on the Rights of the Child

Committee on rights of child holds discussion with state parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child:
States Parties Support Two Chamber Proposal for Committee

Press document
January 23, 2004
"The Committee on the Rights of the Child this morning exchanged views with representatives of States parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child during which the Committee’s proposal to divide its work into two chambers was discussed. Many representatives of States parties expressed support for the idea of splitting the Committee into two chambers which would consider different country reports simultaneously. This would allow the Committee to reduce the backlog of reports it was currently facing."

Committee on the Rights of the Child Considers Second Periodic Report of Canada
Press Release
September 17, 2003
"The Committee on the Rights of the Child today considered the second periodic report of Canada on how that country was implementing the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child."

Committee on the Rights of the Child to hold Thirty_Fourth Session in Geneva from September 15 to October 3, 2003
Press Release
September 10, 2003
"The Committee on the rights of the child is holding its thirty-fourth session in Geneva from 15 September to 3 October 2003 to review reports from San Marino, Canada, New Zealand, Pakistan, Madagascar, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Bangladesh and Georgia."

UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (Florence, Italy)
"UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (IRC) works to strengthen the capacity of UNICEF and its cooperating institutions to respond to the evolving needs of children and to develop a new global ethic for children."

Summary report of the study on the impact of the
implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
(PDF file - 742K, 30 pages)
November 2004
"The reports of the CRC Implementation Report will further develop a UNICEF IRC study on the impact of the Convention on the Rights of Child through a distinctive focus on “general measures of implementation” of the CRC – measures that make possible the sustained monitoring, promotion and protection of child rights. The first report will analyze the national experiences of 30 States from Europe and Latin-Caribbean regions in implementing the general measures of implementation of the CRC. This report will also analyze regional strengths, achievements and challenges faced in this regard."
[NOTE: includes references to Canada]

Child Rights Information Network
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. Guided by our passion for social and legal change, CRIN is building a global network for children's rights. We press for rights, not charity, and advocate for a genuine systemic shift in how governments and societies view children. Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

Child Rights in the European Union
At present, the European Union (EU) institution has no obligation to respect the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). However, all EU Member States as individuals are bound to it as they ratified the Convention.

Related links:

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL is available in English, French and Spanish and provides regular news bulletins about child rights issues, publications and events
Subscribe to CRINMAIL - just place a checkmark in the box(es) next to the version you wish to receive and enter your e-mail address

CRINMAIL Archives - links to earlier issues of the CRINMAIL newsletter (incl. table of contents for each issue for several years)

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European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC)
Established in 1997, ENOC links independent offices for children from twelve countries in Europe. Its aims are:
* to encourage the fullest possible implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the child,
* to support collective lobbying for children’s rights,
* to share information, approaches and strategies,
* and to promote the development of effective independent offices for children.

European Children's Network (EURONET) (German)
The European Children's Network - EURONET - is a coalition of networks and organisations campaigning for the interests and rights of children (defined in the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as all persons under 18 years of age). They share a common concern that children's rights should be taken into account in all EU legislation, policies and programmes which have an impact on children's rights.

Children as Change Agents: A review of child participation
in the periodic reporting on the Convention of the Rights of the Child
(773K, 20 pages)
Published by Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) and World Vision Canada
File date: November 2007
This report examines "meaningful" and "ethical" children's participation but essentially, it means that children's participation must be guided by the general principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, namely: non-discrimination, the best interest of the child, the right to life, survival and development and respect for the child's views.

Children as Change Agents: Guidelines for child participation
in the periodic reporting on the Convention of the Rights of the Child
(PDF file - 1.7MB, 76 pages)
[Summary + links to further resources]
Published by Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) and World Vision Canada
Report analyses alternative reports that have included children. The guidelines respond to the gap in information concerning children's involvement in the reporting process, and hope to promote and strengthen children's meaningful participation within this area.

Source:
Child Rights Information Network

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Related links:

Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) news page

General information on Discussion Days

Documents submitted for the Day of General Discussion (17 September 2004)
on "Implementing Child Rights in Early Childhood"

- links to 34 submissions and 4 background papers covering many aspects of child rights in early childhood, including one from Canada:
Keeping Our Promises: Rights from the Start (PDF file - 195K, 7 pages)
- from the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF)

NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child
- incl. Guide to Reporting | Guide to Networking | National Coalitions | Alternative Reports | About NGO Group| Working Paper | Contact | more...

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CRIN : United Nations Human Rights Council
In June 2006, the Human Rights Council replaced the Commission on Human Rights as the main UN body in charge of monitoring and protecting fundamental rights and freedoms.

Seventh session of the Human Rights Council (Geneva, 3 - 28 March 2008)

Human Rights Council News - includes the Draft resolution on the rights of the child (14/03/2008)

Crinmail Archive - Child Rights at the Human Rights Council

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Committee on the Rights of the Child News
This page features resources and news updates on the work of the Committee on the Rights of the Child as well as information on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- incl. links to : CRC sessions - NGO Group session reports - Alternative reports - CRC CRINMAILs - Concluding Observations - Follow-up workshops to Concluding Observations - General Discussion Days - CRC General Comments - CRC Decisions - Children's rights at the Commission on Human Rights - CRC training material - Reform of the UN human rights Treaty Bodies

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) web page on the 2005 WTO conference in Hong Kong (see the links below):
http://www.crin.org/resources/infoDetail.asp?ID=6717&flag=event
NOTE: all 15 WTO links in this section are from the CRINMAIL (e-mail newsletter) #739: Special Edition on the World Trade Organisation Talks"
You can find the entire issue (#739) here:
http://www.domeus.co.uk/forum/crinmail_english
I can't offer you the exact link to issue 739 because the CRIN website is down for "maintenance" today, as I type these words --- if the link is still broken when you click it, try again later...
Here's the table of contents to CRINMAIL 739:
- WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION TALKS: What are they? [Q&A]
- CHILD POVERTY: Impacts of trade liberalisation on poor children [publication]
- HUMAN RIGHTS: Using exception clauses to protect human rights [publication]
- TRADE INVADERS: Developing Countries' Right to Protect [publication]
- FAIR TRADE: Supporting poor countries to trade their way out of poverty [publication]
- USEFUL WEBSITES: International organisations, News and NGOs [resources]

Signed, Sealed But Not Delivered
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child popular, but hard to enforce
April 13, 2005
"The construction of a legal framework required to fully satisfy obligations under a United Nations convention to protect children will be an ongoing process in Canada, Justice Minister Irwin Cotler told the Senate Human Rights Committee on Monday. Mr. Cotler said that each new law or regulation passed by Parliament will continue to obey the rules of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as with all international norms. However, he stopped short of endorsing complete compliance with each one of the Convention's elements, some of which have provoked controversy since its UN approval over 15 years ago. (...) The UN General Assembly passed the Convention in 1989, and since then it has earned almost universal acceptance, with the exceptions being the United States and Somalia. The U.S. has come under fire for its refusal to agree to a treaty that bans the death penalty for children under 18 years old. Canada ratified the Convention in 1991."
Source:
Embassy Newspaper Online - "Diplomacy this Week"

Committee on the Rights of the Child Opens 38th Session (January 10-28, 2005)
States Parties Reports for the 38th Session - incl. reports from governments of Sweden, Albania, Luxembourg, Austria, Belize, the Bahamas, Iran, Togo, Bolivia and Nigeria "on their efforts to implement the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child."
NGO Reports to the 38th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child
"Reports submitted by NGOs to the Committee on the Rights of the Child are made available on the CRIN website, in partnership with the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child. These reports are known as NGO Alternative Reports."

Search reports by country, CRC session or by NGO

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

15th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
- links to nine events taking place (in Belgium, Switzerland, Canada [see the next link below], United Kingdom, etc.) to mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Cross-Topic Special Children's Well-Being [web portal]
Children's Well-Being:
How Poverty Endangers the Health and Life Chances of Children in Developing Countries
November 16, 2004
"Children in poor countries are five times as likely to die before their fifth birthdays. Children under the age of 14 are among the most vulnerable people in the world. In poor countries, they are five times as likely to die before their fifth birthday due to perinatal causes and preventable diseases. Past the age of 10, the human rights of children are violated when they are exploited as child laborers, trafficked for sexual exploitation and pornography, and forced into service as child soldiers. This Development Gateway Cross-Topic Special addresses Millennium Development Goal 4 , aimed at reducing by half child mortality for children under five by 2015; Goal 5, to improve maternal health; and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child whose anniversary is commemorated on Universal Children's Day on November 20. This Special also coincides with World AIDS Day on December 1, recognizing the social and medical impact on children of the global pandemic." [bolding added]
Source:
Development Gateway

Plan
"Plan is an international, child-centred development organisation with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. We work with 1.3 million children, their families and communities in developing countries all over the world, implementing projects at the grassroots level in health, education, water and sanitation, income-generation and cross-cultural communication."

Related Link:
Foster Parents Plan Canada
"Foster Parents Plan is part of the international organization Plan, a humanitarian, child-centred development organization working with families and their communities to meet the needs of children around the world. Non-political, and with no religious affiliations, we aim to build a better world for children, now and in the future."

Also from CRIN:

Human Rights-Based Approaches to Programming
"These pages contain resources on rights-based programming. You can access a selection of documents either directly through the Documents section or according to theme. Other information such as events, courses, announcements, links, and CRINMAILs are found under Information. In addition, there is a guide that introduces different aspects of rights-based programming. The site is fully searchable."

Rights Themes: All the resources on the site can be viewed according to theme. Each theme has a short introduction, followed by links to relevant resources.
- themes include : Budgets - Children - Education - Emergencies - Gender - Health - HIV/AIDS - Overviews of Rights-Based Approaches - Participation - Poverty and Livelihoods - Water

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United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child
Day of Discussion: Implementing Child Rights in Early Childhood
17 September 2004 - RECOMMENDATIONS
(Word file - 41K, 5 pages)
"
The Committee on the Rights of the Child issued recommendations following the thematic discussion day on early childhood development that was held during its 37th Session in Geneva on 17 September. The Committee underlined the importance of the early childhood years as critical for laying solid foundation for the sound development of the child's personality, talents, mental and physical abilities."

Related Link:
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Dialogue on Canada's National Plan of Action for Children
"(Vancouver, May 8, 2003) – Consultative activities to develop Canada’s national plan of action (NPA) for children are continuing this week with a regional dialogue in Vancouver that will bring together representatives from the NGO child and youth serving community as well as young people (under the age of 18). The meeting in Vancouver is the second of four regional dialogues that aim to generate discussion and recommendations for the NPA based on existing commitments, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and National Children’s Agenda. The first regional dialogue took place in Ottawa on March 30-31, and future meetings will take place in Winnipeg and Halifax in May and June."

Reader on National Plans of Action for Children
Follow-up to 'A World Fit for Children' and the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children

August 14, 2003
"...contains selected resources relating to the follow-up to the UN Special Session on Children, and its outcome document, 'A World Fit for Children.' It includes guidance on involvement in the development of national plans of action (NPAs). It also highlights basic texts, regional commitments, guidance on involvement and monitoring and evaluation guides."
PDF version (117K, 2 pages)
Word version (98K, 2 pages)

Email Lists
Organisations rely on CRIN to distribute their news within the child rights community through a number of email lists containing relevant information and announcements. CRINMAIL is available in English, French and Spanish and provides regular news bulletins about child rights issues, publications and events.

Child Rights Information Network working paper on the Special Session (PDF file - 426K, 12 pages)
May 2002

Position paper on latest outcome document (PDF file - 17K, 2 pages)
22 April 2002

Selected Readings on The Special Session on Children - links to a dozen key websites and documents

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The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

Millennium Development Goals - from UNICEF

Millennium Development Goals - from UNICEF

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MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS: Youth Participation [website]

Voices of Youth has launched a new learning module for adolescents on the Millennium Development Goals:
What can you do to help end poverty?

The site contains: information for adolescents about the MDGs; activities based on the Millennium Indicators database; audio and video messages from young people on the theme of the MDGs; downloadable posters, flyers and postcards; sample MDG project plans; real life stories about Voices of Youth members who are contributing to the fight against poverty; lively discussions in English, French and Spanish on how the MDGs can be achieved.

The module provides adolescents with opportunities to learn about the MDGs, discuss their impact, and discover ways of taking action to reach the 2015 goals.

Since 1995, Voices of Youth has provided young people around the globe with an opportunity to explore, discuss and take action on complex human rights and development issues. Through its numerous discussion boards and live web-based chats, Voices of Youth has provided an opportunity to thousands of young people from every region to educate themselves and partner with their peers to make changes in their own lives and in their communities.

Voices of Youth Millennium Development Goals page
- incl. links to : The big picture * Fact sheet * The eight goals * Is your country on track? * Take action! * Photo journals * Brain teasers* Polls * Child rights * Education * HIV and AIDS * Commercial sexual exploitation * Water, environment and sanitation * Media * State of the World's Children

Reviewed by:
CRINMAIL - an electronic mailing list of the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
See also the CRIN Millennium Development Goals Page

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Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
CRINMAIL 707: Special Edition on the Millennium Development Goals Review Summit
25 August 2005

CRINMAIL is an electronic mailing list of the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN).
Subscribe to this regular e-mail newsletter by sending a blank email to crinmail_english-subscribe@domeus.co.uk
Archives of all these services can be viewed on CRIN's website at http://www.crin.org/email/index.asp

Source:
Child Rights Information Network
"The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) is a global network based in the U.K. that disseminates information about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and child rights amongst non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, inter-governmental organisation (IGOs), educational institutions, and other child rights experts."

NOTE: the following is a selection of excerpts from CRINMAIL 707 - highly recommended!

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WORLD SUMMIT 2005: Reviewing MDG Progress 5 Years On
14-16 September 2005
New York
"In September, the largest gathering of world leaders in history will see over 170 Heads of State converging to the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the 2005 World Summit. The Summit will be an opportunity to review progress made so far towards the Millennium Development Goals, and to take decisions in the areas of development, security, human rights and reform of the United Nations."

Related Links:

Revised draft outcome document of the High-level Plenary Meeting
of the General Assembly of September 2005
(PDF file - 442K, 39 pages)
- submitted by the President of the General Assembly

In Larger Freedom:
Towards Security, Development and Human Rights for All

- by Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Source:
2005 World Summit - United Nations

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- MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS: What are they?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a list of eight quantified targets for addressing global poverty in its different aspects: income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, lack of access to clean water, exclusion, gender inequality, lack of education, etc.
The goals were drafted by a consensus of experts from the United Nations Secretariat, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank in 1999. At the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000, 189 Heads of State and Governments pledged to work together to meet these goals by 2015. They signed the Millennium Declaration, which was then translated into a roadmap with 18 specific targets and 48 indicators in order to measure progress towards each goal:

To read the 8 goals, 18 targets and 48 indicators, visit:
http://www.crin.org/resources/infoDetail.asp?ID=6085

To read the Millennium Declaration, visit:
http://www.crin.org/resources/infodetail.asp?ID=6086&flag='news'

For general and up-to-date information on the MDG progress, visit CRIN's dedicated webpage at:
http://www.crin/org/mdgnews

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- 8 GOALS: Online Information and Resources by Issue

GENDER and the Millennium Development Goals (OXFAM)
http://publications.oxfam.org.uk/oxfam/add_info_009.asp

HEALTH and the Millennium Development Goals (WHO)
http://www.who.int/mdg/en/

EDUCATION and the MDGs (Global Campaign for Education)
(dead link)

EDUCATION FOR GIRLS (Save the Children)
(dead link)

ENVIRONMENT and the MDGs
http://www.unep.org/mdgs/unep_and_mdg/index.asp (UNEP)
http://www.crin.org/resources/infoDetail.asp?ID=6095 (WELL)

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- PUBLICATIONS: UN and NGO Reports on the MDGs

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2005, from the United Nations
http://www.crin.org/resources/infoDetail.asp?ID=6092

We the People 2005 - Mobilising for Change: Messages from Civil Society, from the North-South Institute (NSI) and World Federation of United Nations Associations.
http://www.crin.org/resources/infoDetail.asp?ID=6094

Promises, Promises: How can the Millennium Development Goals be met?, from Save the Children UK.
http://www.crin.org/resources/infoDetail.asp?ID=6096

Youth and the Millennium Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation, from the Ad Hoc Working Group for Youth and the MDGs
http://www.crin.org/resources/infoDetail.asp?ID=6090

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- WEBSITES: Online Resources on the MDGs

The MILLENNIUM CAMPAIGN works to support citizens' efforts to hold their government to account for the commitments made towards the MDGs. The website contains information about the Goals and tracks progress towards achieving them both globally and regionally. Users can also find links to current MDG activities from all over the world, forming a global activity calendar.
http://www.millenniumcampaign.org

The UN MILLENNIUM PROJECT is an independent advisory body commissioned by the UN Secretary-General to advise the UN on strategies for achieving the MDGs. The website provides information on the eight goals and the goal-specific targets and indicators, as well as on policy and research work carried out by the Project.
http://www.unmillenniumproject.org

The UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME's website provides all regional and country reports on the Millennium Development Goals.
http://www.undp.org/mdg/countryreports.html

OXFAM's campaign on the MDGs
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_you_can_do/campaign/mdg

TAKING IT GLOBAL, in collaboration with the Millennium Campaign and the Global Youth Action Network (GYAN), has launched the MDG youth portal, an interactive website which provides resources for young people to learn about the MDGs and to join the global fight against poverty.
http://www.takingitglobal.org/themes/mdg/index.html

The UNITED NATION's MDGs Youth Site helps children learn about the Millennium Development Goals and what they can do to help eliminate poverty around the world.
http://cyberschoolbus.un.org/mdgs/index.asp

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
For more than 53 years UNICEF has been helping governments, communities and families make the world a better place for children. Part of the United Nations system, UNICEF has an enviable mandate and mission, to advocate for children's rights and help meet their needs.
- incl. links to : UNICEF in Action | Highlights | Information Resources | Donations, Greeting Cards & Gifts | Press Centre | Voices of Youth | About UNICEF

UN General Assembly Special Session on Children - May 8-10, 2002
Official UNICEF website for the Special Session

- inc. links to : UN Journal / Activities - Press Releases - Briefings / Conferences - Documentation - Publications - Global Issues - Webcast - Speeches / Statements - Press Centre, Photos - CyberSchoolBus - Under-18 zone - Public Service Announcements - Dag Hammarskjöld Library

The State of the World's Children 2008
News Release
[GENEVA, 22 January 2008] – Strategies that can help reduce the number of children who die before their fifth birthday were highlighted today, at the launch of UNICEF’s flagship report - The State of the World’s Children 2008: Child Survival – in Geneva. While recent data show a fall in the rate of under-five mortality, the State of the World’s Children Report 2008 goes beyond the numbers to suggest actions and initiatives that should lead to further progress.

Complete report:

State of the World's Children 2008 (PDF file - 4.3MB, 164 pages)

The State of the World’s Children 2007
December 2006
The State of the World’s Children 2007 examines the discrimination and disempowerment women face throughout their lives – and outlines what must be done to eliminate gender discrimination and empower women and girls.
- incl. links to all related material --- news release, full report, profiles, statistics, youth centre, Gender and the life cycle (multimedia feature), and more...

Empower Women to Help Children
Gender Equality Produces a ‘Double Dividend’ that Benefits Both Women and Children, UNICEF Reports
Press Release
11 December 2006
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 11 December 2006 – Eliminating gender discrimination and empowering women will have a profound and positive impact on the survival and well-being of children, according to a new UNICEF report issued on UNICEF’s 60th anniversary. Gender equality produces the “double dividend” of benefiting both women and children and is pivotal to the health and development of families, communities and nations, according to The State of the World’s Children 2007.

Executive Summary (PDF file - 697K, 44 pages)
Full report (PDF file - 1.8MB, 160 pages)
Download the report by chapter (HTML table of contents + links to individual PDF files)
Chapters: A call for equality * Equality in the household * Equality in employment * Equality in politics and government * Reaping the double dividend of gender equality
View previous issues of this report - annual, back to 1996

A year later, children still waiting for leaders to deliver:
Goals Agreed to by All Nations in May 2002 Are Slow to Take Hold

Press Release
May 8, 2003
"NEW YORK– Goals agreed to at a United Nations summit in May of 2002 have barely begun to be implemented by the nations of the world, UNICEF reported today, saying that only half of the world’s governments had even taken the first step of developing a plan of action for children in their countries."

Special Session on Children:
When it comes to children, world still at a crawl
UNICEF Press Release
"NEW YORK, 7 May 2004 - With governments lagging in fulfilling promises made at the United Nations two years ago, millions of children continue to die from preventable diseases and to be deprived of such basic rights as education, safe drinking water, and protection from abuse, UNICEF said today."

Related Links:

A World Fit for Children (PDF file - 151K, 23 pages)
June 2002
"A World Fit for Children was negotiated over three years by the nations of the world and adopted by consensus at the Special Session. It comprises three parts: a) Declaration; b) Review of progress and lessons learned; and c) Plan of Action. The Plan of Action focuses on four main themes: i) promoting healthy lives; ii) providing quality education; iii) protecting against abuse, exploitation, and violence; and iv) combating HIV/AIDS.

United Nations Special Session on Children (official web site)
Related press releases

The State of the World's Children reports
Each year, UNICEF’s flagship publication, The State of the World's Children, closely examines a key issue affecting children. The report includes supporting data and statistics and is available in French and Spanish language versions.

State of the World’s Children 2004
"The State of the World’s Children 2004 focuses on girls’ education and its relationship to all other development goals and to the promise of Education For All. It presents a multi-layered case for investing in girls’ education as a strategic way to ensure the rights of both boys and girls and to advance a country’s development agenda. The web summary touches on general points of the main text and presents panel abstracts highlighting successful programmes."
Table of Contents - links to individual chapters, appendices, tables, maps and figures
Complete report (PDF file - 3.35MB, 156 pages)

UNICEF says getting more girls into school is first step to reaching Global Development Goals
Millions of girls are left out every year, with major consequences for nations

Press release
December 11, 2003

Related Links:

United Nations Member States Poised to Endorse Wide-Ranging Goals for Children :
Global Effort to Reduce Mortality, AIDS, Exploitation, and Poverty Among Children

Press release issued by the UN Department of Public Information
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 26 April 2002

World leaders to take centre stage at UN Special Session on Children
Press release
"NEW YORK, 5 April 2002 - The United Nations Children's Fund said today that world leaders are poised to take centre stage at the upcoming Special Session on Children this May, noting that 72 Heads of State and Government have so far committed to attending."

Other Press Releases leading up to the Special Session

Children Issue Statement To World Leaders at the UN :
'We Are Not An Expense, We Are An Investment - We Are Citizens of This World'
Press release
"NEW YORK, 10 May 2002 - Declaring that "we want a world fit for children, because a world fit for us is fit for everyone," young people from more than 100 nations sent a powerful message to world leaders gathered at the United Nations Special Session on Children this week."

Country Statements (May 10, 2002) - links to statements from all countries at the end of the Special Session on Children
Source:
United Nations

State of the World’s Children 2003
"The State of the World’s Children 2003 reports on child participation — the ‘right’ of all children to have their opinions taken into account when decisions are being made that affect them. The report showcases examples of meaningful child participation from every region of the world."
- Click on the above link to see the highlights, contents, press release, complete report and press kit
.
Complete Report Online (download the entire report or selected sections)

We the Children: End-decade review of follow-up to the World Summit for Children (PDF file - 995K, 141 pages)
May 2001

The Progress of Nations 2000
July 2000
Over the past eight years, The Progress of Nations has diligently recorded the world’s progress towards giving all children the chance to live a decent life – a life of dignity and opportunity. The benchmarks have been the goals set at the 1990 World Summit for Children and the rights enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which virtually all nations have ratified.
- See "Online UNICEF publications" below for previous years

Say Yes for Children
"Add your voice and say Yes to the 10 critical actions needed to improve the lives of children and adolescents everywhere."
- incl. links to : How can I take part? • What's my country doing? • 10 imperatives for children • Look who's saying Yes • Say Yes home

Governments 'Say Yes' as agreement is reached on global goals and plan of action for world's children
UN Special Session on Children Wraps Up Successfully
21 New Targets Are Set - Child Delegates Bring Openness and Inspiration

Press release
"NEW YORK, 10 May 2002 - The United Nations wrapped up its Special Session on Children late Friday with unanimous agreement on a new agenda for the world's children, including 21 specific goals and targets for child health, education and protection over the next decade, UNICEF announced."
21 Goals and Targets *- unanimous agreement on 21 points in the following categories : Promoting Healthy Lives - Providing Quality Education - Protecting against abuse, exploitation and violence - Combating HIV/AIDS.
*[NOTE: the word "poverty" does not appear on this page - Hmmm...]

Child Rights - information concerning the 1999 Convention on the Rights of the Child and the rights of children, youth and women

Child Statistics (60 countries)
- incl. under-five mortality, maternal mortality, measles immunization, iodized salt use, child malnutrition, adult literacy, water supply, sanitation, net enrolment in primary school, sex difference in enrolment.

Online UNICEF publications (organized by date)
Online UNICEF publications (organized by theme)

Eurochild

Eurochild
Eurochild is an active network of organisations and individuals working in and across Europe to improve the quality of life of children and young people. Eurochild’s work is underpinned by the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

A child rights approach to child poverty : a discussion paper (Word file - 133K, 12 pages) - Europe
(DEAD LINK)
Brussels
September 2007
“Member States should tackle child poverty within the framework of their commitment to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Adopting a child rights’ approach to policy development is key to recognising the position of children and young people in society”
(Eurochild Key Messages 2006 based on a review of the 2006-08 national reports on strategies for social protection and social inclusion)

But what do we mean by a child rights approach? How does such an approach change the way we view child poverty and monitor its effects? What are the implications for policy making when child poverty is addressed through the prism of the objectives of the UN C4onvention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)? What role can the EU play in this?
These questions are addressed in the following discussion paper, prepared by Rita Maria Sousa Fernandes1. The ideas presented do not provide definitive answers but they aim to stimulate debate. Most EU member states have set tackling child poverty as an immediate priority. At the same time, all member states have signed up to the UNCRC. It is crucial to look at why it is important to marry these two agendas, and how it can best be done.

Also from Eurochild:

Fact Sheet on Child Poverty in the EU (Word file - 1.9MB, 6 pages)
September 2007
- includes information and figures about various forms, areas and reasons for child poverty

Monthly e-News Bulletin
"Promoting the welfare and rights of children and young people"
- links to newsletter issues back to 2004; you can subscribe to receive this newsletter by email.

Ending Child Poverty within the EU (PDF file - 4.7MB, 104 pages)
January 2007
"...an in-depth analysis of the national action plans on social protection and social inclusion by all 27 EU member states from the point of view of children and young people.

BOES.ORG : Children's Rights Across the World

Convention on the Rights of the Child - and Youth
- incl. text of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 17 languages and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in eight languages.

International Bureau for Children's Rights

 

"Created in 1994, the International Tribunal for Children's Rights is a 'moral court', which provides a forum for public testimony and the sharing of experiences, expertise, and views. It consists of five judges representing the five regions of the world."

Human Rights 101 (U.S. site)


"Using Human Rights 101, teens and teachers can find the materials they need to create a human rights project - or they can use the site to identify and pursue individual interests. The site provides teachers with an online version of the Thirteen Human Rights 101 educators' toolkit, while providing teens with ways to focus and absorb the variety of issues they can tackle.
- incl. an overview of human rights issues; a "profile" feature that enables users to identify which human rights issues are most important to them; a directory of human rights organizations highlighting teen volunteer opportunities; and links to human rights programs and Web sites."

World Forum 2004
Fifteenth Annual Summit of Child Welfare Leaders

Buenos Aires, Argentina
27 - 30 September
Theme: National Plans of Action for Children
"Childhood and Adolescence in the Political and Social Agenda"
- this link to the Summit website includes links to program information, speakers (incl. Peter Dudding and Bruce Rivers from Canada), host country info and online registration

"The International Forum for Child Welfare, IFCW, and the Argentine Committee of Pursuit and Application of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CASACIDN) have organised the WorldForum 2004 on National Plans of Action (NPA) for Children, 'Childhood and Adolescence in Political and Social Agenda'. Within the framework of the NPAs, several areas of special interest will be reviewed, such as poverty, working children, discrimination, right to participation and the responsibility of the State and the society. The aim of this Forum is to promote the establishment of cooperation in the search for alternatives to the problems of children in their respective countries, and to contribute to the development of up-to-date knowledge on children matters around the world. A combination of specialised conferences, presentations and workshops will serve as frameworks for the discussion and the exchange of ideas among peers."

 

National Plans of Action - A World Fit for Children (part of Summit website info)

Source:
International Forum for Child Welfare

Related Link:

UN General Assembly Special Session on Children - May 8-10, 2002
Official UNICEF website for the Special Session

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)
"Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies."

 

The Rights of Children & Youth
- incl. links to : Introduction - Rights at Stake - International and Regional Instruments of Protection and Promotion - National Protection and Service Agencies - Advocacy, Educational and Training Materials - Other Resources
Related HREA links:

Study Guides
"...present definitions, key rights at stake, human rights instruments, and protection and assistance agencies, [in addition to] links to the full text of international treaties relevant for the topic, and other useful resources on the HREA and University of Minnesota Human Rights Library web sites."
Themes include : Children & youth - European human rights system - Ethnic and racial minorities - Food & water - Freedom of assembly and association - Freedom of expression - Freedom of movement - Freedom of religion or belief - Housing - Indigenous peoples - Inter-American human rights system - International humanitarian law -- Persons with disabilities - Refugees - Right to culture - Right to a family - Right to life - Right to means for adequate health - Right to vote - Rights of non-citizens -
Slavery and forced labour - Sexual orientation and human rights - Sustainable development - The aged - United Nations human rights system

ReliefWeb
"Serving the information needs of the humanitarian relief community"

 

Fair Play for Children (U.K.)
Fair Play for Children exists to promote the Child's Right to Play, as contained in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Fair Play currently consists of two wings:
1. The Fair Play For Children Association, which campaigns for the Right to Play, consists of a subscribing, supporting membership (Individual, Local Group, Statutory Authority/Trades Union, Regional, National Voluntary - all voting - and commercial, non-voting). It lobbies for change in Government Policy and practice, advises e.g. parents and local communities on play- related issues, publishes a journal, and brings playworkers, organisations and activists together to share information, experiences and resources.
2. The Fair Play For Children Charitable Trust Limited, which shares common membership and management with the Association, and which undertakes research, information, advisory and related work based around the Right to Play.

PlayAction OnLine (PDF file - 1.1MB, 25 pages)
Number 1, March 6, 2008
Newsletter
Fair Play for Children launches updated web site and new OnLine PlayAction news service

Related links:

Links to related resources about children and fair play

Children's organisations based in United Kingdom - from the Child Rights Information Network

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