Protecting Children’s Rights Worldwide: Alternative Report on the UK’s Extraterritorial Obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Lauren Watters, AbleChildAfrica’s Programme and Partnerships Manager is part of the BOND Child Rights Working Group which has put together an exciting report which provides an NGO perspective on the progress made by the UK in implementing Article 4 of the UNCRC. Specifically, it calls for the establishment of a holistic child rights framework integrating a child rights approach across all aid and foreign policy matters. Take a look at a summary of the report below:

1st July 2015

A group of leading international child rights charities is calling on the UK Government to fulfil its obligations to protect children’s right overseas.

Twenty-five years ago the UK Government signed on to support the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UN Committee to the CRC is in the process of examining the UK’s progress to date in meeting its obligations under the Convention.

The Protecting Children’s Rights Worldwide report launched today provides an NGO perspective on the progress made by the UK in implementing Article 4 of the UNCRC: States have an obligation to take all appropriate measures, also within the framework of international cooperation, to contribute to the global implementation of the Convention. The report will contribute to the UNCRC Committee’s analysis of the UK’s extraterritorial obligations (ETOs) in the area of children’s rights, and, being the first alternative report to the CRC Committee focusing on ETOs, aims at potentially filling an important gap by addressing the UK Government’s obligations to support children’s rights overseas.

Indeed, more can be done in terms of development cooperation, which has an essential role in the realisation of children’s rights: a child’s chance to survive and thrive is much greater now than when the UNCRC was written but despite the progress millions of children have been left behind.

  • 17,000 children die every day, mostly from preventable or treatable causes
  • Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence
  • Poorest children are five times more likely not to complete primary schools than others (Sources: UNICEF and UNESCO)

 

While recognising the UK government achievement in meeting the international target of 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) to be allocated to development assistance, the Bond Child Rights Group remains concerned that UK Development policies are not delivering for children. Although child rights are included in a number of wider development programmes, the lack of a coherent approach to children’s rights within the UK’s development strategies has significant implications for effectiveness. The Bond Child Rights Group calls for the establishment of a holistic child rights framework integrating a child rights approach across all aid and foreign policy matters, and ensuring that children’s rights are considered in efforts to assess development progress.

 

The BOND Child Rights Group includes:

Coram International, Child to Child, World Vision UK, AbleChildAfrica, Consortium for Street Children, Unicef UK, Keeping Children Safe

 

For further information contact:

Coram Children’s Legal Centre – Kirsten Anderson: Kirsten.Anderson@coramclc.org.uk

Bond Child Rights Group – Gurvinder Sidhu: ‎gsidhu@bond.org.uk

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