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The 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Tuesday 17 November 2009 Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health London

A Celebration Event!

RCPCH celebrates Leading the way in children’s health

20 YEARS OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE

RIGHTS OF THE

CHILD


RCPCH WILL BE CELEBRATING The 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on 17 November 2009 This will be an historic event as we join nations around the world to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Promoting, protectin THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most endorsed human rights treaty in the world, ratified by all but two countries. Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 November 1989, it celebrates childhood and codifies in international law the rights due to every child.

CELEBRATION This event is a celebration of the achievements of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child since its adoption by the UN, twenty years ago. It will explore the impact the Convention on the Rights of the Child has had on the lives of millions of children and the challenges moving forward.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights – civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. THE FOUR CORE PRINCIPLES OF THE CONVENTION ARE: • non-discrimination • devotion to the best interests of the child • the right to life, survival and development • respect for the views of the child.

Enabling every child to develop to their full potential The Convention is founded on respect for the dignity and worth of each individual, regardless of race, colour, gender, language, religion, opinions, origins, wealth, birth status or ability.


PROGRAMME

g and realizing children’s rights 10:30 Why child rights matter? Professor Terence Stephenson President Royal College Paediatrics and Child Health

12:15

10:40 An Overview of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – told in pictures and music

12:30 Question Time Panel hosted by Alison Holt BBC Social Affairs Correspondent joined by the Conference speakers

10:50 Our rights our reality – Protection, participation, provision Alex Willsher RCPCH Youth Advisory Panel Member

13:00 LUNCH AND NETWORKING

11:00

The past 20 years – the impact of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on children’s health – Promoting, protecting and realizing children’s rights Professor Geraldine Van Bueren Professor of International Human Rights Law

11:15 The Child’s right to be heard Sir Al Aynsley Green the first Children’s Commissioner of England 11:30 COFFEE 12:00 How Paediatricians could become more active advocates Peter Newell Child Rights Advocate and Co Coordinator of the Global Initiative to end all corporal punishment of children and young people

The next 20 years: the challenges ahead – Protection, Participation and Provision Camila Batmanghelidjh Chief Executive Kids Company

14:15 WORKSHOPS Co-facilitated by young people, Expert Patients Programme – Staying Positive Four parallel workshops explore the major themes and key issues around the rights of the child: • Child’s Rights to adequate health care • Child’s Right to be heard • Child’s Rights to non-discrimination including young refugees and children seeking asylum • Child’s Rights and Advocacy 15:15 Closing Plenary Professor Terence Stephenson President RCPCH 15:30 CONFERENCE ENDS 15:30–16:30 Commitment Cards, Networking & After Party

RCPCH celebrates 20 YEARS OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE

RIGHTS OF THE

CHILD


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UNCRC 20th Anniversary RCPCH Programme