BICE Representation in International Institutions
As an expert on questions relating to children’s rights, BICE works with different international institutions. Maintaining a presence in these institutions enables us to represent children to key organizations in a position to influence laws and public policies.
International and regional permanent representations
BICE is particularly active in the following:
Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
We are involved in:
- Periodic reviews of national reports on children’s rights,
- The drawing-up of general observations in the form of commentary on the main articles of the convention,
- The day of general debate, which looks at current issues on childhood.
Human Rights Council
We are involved in:
- Special procedures (Special Rapporteurs on the sale of children, child slavery, violence towards children, the right to education, etc.),
- The mechanism of the universal periodic review.
Under the auspices of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, BICE and other NGOs cooperate with UNESCO in common areas of competence, in particular human development and the protection of children’s rights.
BICE acts as consultant in the development of programmes, of which certain projects may be financed by UNESCO. It also contributes to the organization of international forums and celebrations as part of UN international days (human rights, rights of migrants, literacy, etc.)
BICE assists with projects by international NGOs with participatory status at the European Council. The European Council is a group of 47 countries and sets the standard for human rights. We are also active amongst NGOs working on human rights issues.
The aim of the OIF is to promote peace, democracy and human rights within its member states. Since 2011, BICE has acted in an advisory role for the OIF, bringing its expertise to the promotion, protection and application of children’s rights in French countries.
The African Commission of Human and People’s Rights is an organization for the promotion of human rights in Africa. It granted observer status to BICE in 2013. BICE and its African members can intervene at CADHP sessions and lend their expertise in areas such as juvenile justice, the fight against violence towards children, rights of people with disabilities, child education… BICE will also supervise the correct application of the African charter on the rights and wellbeing of children.
Network of international NGOs
Child Rights Connect (formerly the NGO group for the Convention on the rights of the Child), Geneva, Switzerland
Founding member of the group, BICE participates in four working groups on:
- Children whose parents are in prison (BICE is co-president of this group)
- Violence towards children
- The Human Rights Council
- Birth registration
BICE contributes to this platform by:
- Supporting the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education,
- Exchanging information on the latest legal and political international developments,
- Designing action plans aimed at strengthening advocacy to the Human Rights Council and Committees of UNESCO
Forum of Catholic-inspired NGOs (Rome, Italy; Geneva, Switzerland and Strasbourg, France)
The Forum aims to improve the impact of Catholic-inspired NGOs within the United Nations and other inter-governmental structures, and to strenghten collaboration between them and the Holy See. In Geneva, BICE coordinates the Forum’s activities with Caritas Internationalis.
Permanent national representation
COFRADE, created on the initiative of BICE and UNICEF in 1992, aims at promoting and applying the Convention on the Rights of the Child, through dialogue with public authorities.