Children’s Rights at a Cross-Roads: A Global Conference on Research and Child Rights
The 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child calls for critical reflection on the role of research in the realization of child rights. There is an increasing demand for relevant research and more efficient collaboration between policy makers, NGOs and academics. The recognition of young people’s contribution to documentation and analysis of child rights issues is greater than ever.
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Children’s Rights at a Cross-Roads is a global event organized by the Childwatch International Research Network, The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) and the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, in collaboration with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) and others.
The conference is an event where policy makers, development agencies, NGOs, academics and young people will engage in reflection and dialogue for a better and more relevant knowledge base for future child rights strategies.
Evidence based child rights policies and interventions are dependent on:
• Research relevant for the realization of the rights of the child.
• Collaboration between policy makers, practitioners and academics that promotes the relevance and use of child research.
• Cooperation between adults and young people in the design and development of participatory research and child-led research initiatives.
The outcome document will summarise the discussions and present clear and specific recommendations to what policy makers, UN agencies, academic institutions, development agencies and NGOs should do to secure that future child rights strategies are based on solid evidence.
Through presentations and group discussions, representatives from different professions and backgrounds will examine the status of child research and present recommendations to how the three objectives can be reached.
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