The 22nd session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 25 February to 22 March at the Palace of Nations in Geneva. The agenda grants a preferred place to the Rights of the Child.
For the fifth time, the Human Rights Council will hold an annual meeting to discuss the Rights of the Child under the theme of: the right for a child to be as healthy as possible using texts as reference.
In preparation for the completion of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, the United Nations have begun discussing the elaboration of the Agenda after 2015. A panel will be organized for this reason with the participation of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In this process, specific attention will be placed on the right to education. The platform of the right to education, which BICE supports, closely follows this debate and will propose the big ideas of the vision for the Agenda after 2015 throughout the process until the end of 2013.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, will present several reports of elements tied to children’s rights. Notably, she will include the report related to the right for a child to be as healthy as possible, to echo the theme of the annual discussion. She will also unveil her report on the activities aimed to support the efforts undertaken by the States to strengthen their legal systems and the justice administrations, including justice for minors. Her report on Mali plays an important role in the children’s rights situation in this conflicting country.
Moreover, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Maria Santos Pais, and the Special Rapporteur of the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Najat Maalla M’jid, will present their report followed by an interactive debate in which BICE will participate through oral accounts.
Diverse initiatives will be undertaken by the Member States of the Council but also by the other participating parties, including NGOs such as BICE, through resolutions of thematic questions and through countries, parallel events, consultations, and written and oral declarations.