CSC Annual General Meeting 2016 briefing for members

This briefing gives details of Consortium for Street Children’s plans to promote General Comment implementation that will be discussed at the Annual General Meeting 2016.

The General Comment on children in street situations – the first piece of authoritative UN guidance on street-connected children’s rights – is nearing completion, with publication expected in spring 2017. CSC is proud to have made the process of developing the General Comment one of the most participatory to date and we look forward to carrying this innovative approach forward into the next phase of our strategy – working with our members to promote implementation of the General Comment and make the words a reality for street-connected children around the world.

CSC members are warmly invited to join with us in using the General Comment in their work for street-connected children’s rights. Members may like to consider the following key questions:

  • How will you use the General Comment in your work?
  • How could you be involved in CSC’s plans for promoting implementation of the General Comment?

To discuss your ideas and for more information on anything in this briefing, contact Elinor Milne, CSC’s Advocacy Manager (elinor@streetchildren.org).

Plans to promote General Comment implementation

1. Events in London and Geneva

The Sir John Major reception event in London on 15 November 2016 will bring together a select group of government representatives, corporate stakeholders, academics and civil society leaders who have shown inspirational commitment to improving the lives of street-connected children across the globe, to make pledges to support the implementation of the General Comment. At a General Comment launch event in Geneva in June/July 2017, pledges will convert into clear actions to secure the rights of street-connected children.

2. Materials to support use of the General Comment

The UN human rights office and CSC will co-produce a glossy publication (similar to the glossy version of the 2012 UN study on street children) containing:

  • The full text of the General Comment:
  • An annex with details of the consultations with children held around the world in 2016

CSC will produce easy-use versions of the General Comment for use by children, members and others. Ideas include:

  • A short children-friendly summary of the General Comment
  • A simple language version of the full General Comment, for members and others

3. Early Adopter States

CSC will work with 2-3 specific UN member states to become Early Adopters of the General Comment. These countries will work to comprehensively improve street children’s lives through full implementation of the General Comment. They will be models of how to implement the General Comment for other States. This work will be done through a three-way partnership between Early Adopters’ governments, a CSC member organisation in the country and CSC. This work will help to develop indicators for implementing the General Comment, for use in other states.

4. Global Atlas

CSC will create an online Global Atlas, which will gather data about street children and the laws that affect their lives. Developed in collaboration with pro bono lawyers, this new global database will be the “go-to” online data source for legislators, policy makers, researchers and advocates wanting to encourage implementation of the General Comment. Our Global Atlas will be the baseline for quantitative research and will update with new data on street children.

5. State of the World’s Street Children
For accountability, our State of the World’s Street Children series will focus on States’ implementation of the General Comment by analysing and publishing data in the Global Atlas database, highlighting challenges and advances in improving the lives of street children.

6. UN Day for Street Children campaign
The General Comment will provide a firm basis for CSC to re-launch its campaign for a UN International Day for Street Children (12 April).