Advocacy: How to follow up the UN text on children in street situations?

The United Nations published in 2017 their General Comment No. 21 on the right of children in street situations. The General Comments of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child complete legally the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. Dynamo International had actively contributed to the development of this comment.

Read more about General Comment No. 21: Victory of international mobilization for young people and children in street situations

In collaboration with the Consortium for Street Children (CSC), in April 2016, Dynamo International organized the European consultation on the draft General Comment. The purpose of the consultation process was to gather as many feedbacks as possible from street social workers and children in street situations. Their views and remarks contributed to the content of the General Comment. The report resulting from this consultation is extremely important because it gives voice to children and young people in street situations, often invisible and inaudible, in Europe.

The written contribution of Dynamo International is also included on the OHCHR official website

The General Comment No. 21 was officially published in June 2017 in several languages

Now that the text has come out, the next step is to secure its application at country level. Monitoring is done in close collaboration with the Consortium for Street Children, specialized in the political watch of street-connected children.

Read also: The issue of children in “street situations” must become a priority in all countries

Several members of the Dynamo International – Street Workers Network already participated in international events related to this application:

This implementation involves differents profiles of professionals, such as the legislative body, academics and public authorities.

Possible ideas for action to be discussed at the 2018 Pilots Group in Nepal:

  • Commitments and contributions to the reflection at the international level to represent the interests of civil society and society in discussions
  • Inclusive and participatory positioning on the official text
  • National monitoring of the implementation of the text by each national platform based on a tool developed by the Consortium for Street Children (CSC) on how to advocate for the implementation of General Comment No. 21 in its country
  • Support of the Senegalese platform Avenir de l’Enfant in the application of General Comment No. 21 at the national level. This could then serve as a good practice for other Network members

Learn more about the 2018 Pilot Group in Nepal:

Advocacy: How to follow up the UN text on children in street situations?