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22 May 2017 - It is therefore imperative that individual countries and Africa as a whole work towards creating a better place for children to flourish.

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Deadline: 1 June 2017

1 June 2017 is the last day for Non-Governmental Organizations to apply for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in order to have an opportunity to take part in UN deliberations. ECOSOC consultative status is governed by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which outlines the eligibility requirements for consultative status, rights and obligations of NGOs in consultative status, procedures for the withdrawal or suspension of consultative status, the role and functions of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, and the responsibilities of the UN Secretariat in supporting the consultative relationship. Consultative status is granted by ECOSOC upon recommendation of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, which is composed by Member States.


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16 May 2017 - Poverty continues to impact the lives of Middle Eastern and Northern African children, according to new analysis from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which highlights that millions of the region’s young people live without quality health care or decent housing.

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PRETORIA, 15 May 2017 – The widespread notion that young women in South Africa fall pregnant in a bid to cash in on the government-offered child support grant money is baseless and incorrect, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) revealed on Monday.

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Deadline: June 05th 2017

The UNCRC and UNCMW Committees are welcoming written comments on a zero draft of the new joint General Comment on children in the context of international migration until 30th June 2017.

The Child Rights Connect Secretariat would kindly welcome you to submit to us your comments on the General Comment draft, which we will then collate and submit as a network.
If possible, please kindly send your comments to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 5th June, so that there is time to draft a network response and consult with members engaging in the process.

Our final submission will be circulated to members during the week commencing 19th June 2017. If you prefer submitting comments separately, we would highly appreciate if you could just inform us.

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Friday, 19 May 2017 12:18

New Chairperson of the CRC Committee

On Monday 15 May, Renate Winter, the member from Austria, was elected as new Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
A new Bureau was also elected and it is now composed of the following members:
Suzanna Aho (Togo), Clarence Nelson (Samoa), Olga Khazova (Russia), Miguel Angel Reyes (Venezuela), and Bernard Gastaud (Monaco) who is the Rapporteur.

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DURBAN, 5 May 2017 – Africans must not only pursue accelerated growth and benefit from it, but should take ownership of this growth, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday.

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Deadline: 15 July 2017

UNICEF Office of Research—Innocenti

This call for papers aims to assemble high quality papers that will increase our understanding of: 1) the role of social protection in fragile contexts and settings of forced displacement and migration; and 2) synergies across the humanitarian and development divide in both contexts. The aim is to assemble 8 to 10 papers of sufficient quality to be jointly submitted for a special issue to the Journal of Development Studies, or featured in an edited book. An introduction to the special issue or book will summarize the volume, draw out policy implications and lay out key areas of future research. Reviewed and approved papers will also be featured in the UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti working paper series.

Some submissions are expected to draw on evidence presented at an International Conference focusing on the same themes organized by UNICEF, the European Commission and partners (Finland, Germany, the World Bank, the World Food Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and others) to take place in July 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. It is expected that these papers and others coming from outside the conference will include quantitative and mixed methods work, focusing on diverse social protection research resulting in policy-relevant lessons for governments, humanitarian and development actors, and the larger donor and stakeholder communities.

Examples of research questions to be addressed in paper submission include (but are not limited to):

  • What are the relative impacts and cost-effectiveness of diverse social protection designs in fragile contexts (e.g. cash versus in-kind or vouchers; use of mobile transfer technology) on dimensions of well-being for families and children, including over the long-term, to build resiliency?
  • What role can social protection play in preventing forcibly displaced children from becoming a ‘lost generation’?
  • What are the conflict, political stability, local economy and governance implications of government and NGO provision of social protection in the context of fragility?
  • How can social protection facilitate access to larger social systems for refugees and protect against discrimination, marginalization and impoverishment?
  • Does social protection mitigate against forced displacement, or address drivers of migration and inequalities in countries of origin, transit, and host countries?

Expected timeline and process

Below is the proposed timeline for submitting the assembled papers as a potential Special Issue.

  • 7 April 2017: Call for papers announced through the UNICEF Innocenti website, alongside announcement of International Conference on the same thematic topics through multiple channels
  • 15 July 2017: Deadline to submit extended abstract to Guest Editors (proposed length of 1,000 words) by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • 15 August 2017: Decision papers communicated. Shortlisted authors requested to prepare their full-length draft papers
  • 15 November 2107: First draft of papers due to Guest Editors. Papers to undergo rapid feedback and requests for essential revisions returned to authors
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JOHANNESBURG, 12 May 2017 - The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), in collaboration with Graça Machel Trust, launched the 4th edition of its flagship report series today in Johannesburg, South Africa. The report entitled “The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2016, Getting It Rights: Bridging the gap between policy and practice” examines efforts being made in various African countries to implement children’s rights and ensure their wellbeing. It reveals that while governments have made significant stride to put appropriate laws and policies, weak enforcement remains a major barrier to enhance children’s protection from abuse and exploitation and ensure their overall wellbeing.

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MASERU, 2 mai 2017 - Le 29 e session ordinaire du Comité africain d'experts sur les droits et le bien - être de l'enfant (CAEDBE) est officiellement ouvert ses portes le 2 mai 2017 , à Maseru, le Royaume du Lesotho.

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