Celebrating 29 Years of the CRC

On Tuesday November 20th, the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts held an event at the Palais des Nations, “Child Rights and the Global Compacts: A Call For Action,” to commemorate 29 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Keynote Speakers were:

  • H.E. Ambassador Socorro Flores Liera of the Permanent Mission of Mexico
  • H.E. Ambassador Eunice Kigenyi of the Permanent Mission of Uganda
  • Video Message from several Syrian and Afghani girls experiencing forced migration

A panel of experts discussed and defined concrete actions and initiatives, with a multi-stakeholder approach, that will contribute to putting children’s rights at the heart of the implementation of the Global Compacts. Panelists included:

  • Philip Jaffe, Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • Ellen Hansen, Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection
  • Michele Klein Solomon, Director, Global Compact for Migration, IOM
  • Peggy Hicks, Director of Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures & Treaty Bodies Division
  • Laurent Chapuis, Regional Advisor, Migration, UNICEF
  • Constanza Martinez, UN Representative, World Vision
  • Moderated by – Delphine Moralis, Secretary-General, Terre Des Hommes

The Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration were adopted the very next day.