Human Rights Council 34th Session: Child-Focused Side Events

ACEI UN Representatives Justine Heckmann and Cassandre Guibord Cyr attended the Human Rights Council’s 34th session.

Below is a summary of Human Rights Council’s side events attended by Justine Heckmann.

Supporting the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Through a Rights-Based Approach: Child-Focused Partnerships

March 7, 2017

Child-focused multi-stakeholder partnerships will be essential for delivering the 2030 Agenda and will be a foundation for realization of child rights in its implementation. This event focused on the importance of involving all actors in efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The panelists talked about the importance of bringing different partners and states together to implement policies to protect children and to protect their right to healthy start in life. Each year, over 1.5 million children die because of poor health. Ensuring a healthy start in life and promoting the well-being of all people is essential to sustainable development (SDG 3). Although major progress has been made to support children’s well-being and protection, greater political will and multi-sectoral cooperation with a rights-based approach is vital to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its goals and targets.


·      Beate Andrees, Chief of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch, ILO, Alliance     8.7

·      Susan Bissell, Director, End Violence

·      Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO, Gavi Alliance

·      Helga Fogstad, Executive Director, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

·      Florence Lasbennes, Director, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Secretariat


Protection of the Rights of the Child in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda: What Are the Concrete Implications for Ending Violence Against Children at National and Local Levels?

March 8, 2017

The Human Rights Council devoted its annual day of discussion on the protection of the rights of the child in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This panel focused on the concrete ways in which the implementation of the SDGs can support the realization of children’s rights, especially their right to protection from violence. The event examined the effectiveness of using a child-rights and gender-sensitive approach to implementing and monitoring the 2030 Agenda.

The panel discussion brought together more than 70 people—representatives from permanent missions, non-profit organizations, and from the civil society. The speakers discussed how to use a child-rights approach when implementing policies and programs to end violence against children. Some panelists stressed the importance of collecting and monitoring data, and including a diverse group of stakeholders when creating policies and actions to end violence against children.

The event was organized by the Working Group on Children and Violence of Child Rights Connect and co-convened by Arigatou International together with World Vision International.


·      Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence Against Children

·      R. Heredia, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations in Geneva

·      Susan Bissell, Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children

·      Marie-Chantal Coulibaly, Social Accountability Coordinator, World Vision Mali 

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