Date(s) - 10/04/2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Church Center of the United Nations, 2nd Floor Conference Room


Multi-Religious Perspectives on the Implementation of the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC): A Study Prepared for the 30th Anniversary of CRC Adoption by the UN General Assembly

This year marks a critical moment for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Adopted 30 years ago, the CRC is a human rights treaty and a legally-binding international agreement recognizing the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of all children.

Arigatou International is an NGO which brings together diverse religious groups and civil society organizations to promote interfaith collaboration for children’s rights. The work of Arigatou is guided by the CRC in its efforts to end violence against children, promote ethics education for children and to end child poverty. Arigatou has initiated a Study on the CRC, since its adoption, from a multi-religious perspective which highlights the contributions by faith communities towards its implementation, as well as some of the questions and controversies that have surfaced around child rights within faith communities. The study will include a series of recommendations based on consultations and panel discussions held in different parts of the world with a wide range of faith leaders, religious and legal scholars, and decision makers, United Nations organizations, faith-based organizations, children and youth. In collaboration with the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children, the Study is expected to be presented in July 2019.

To that end, a discussion amongst representatives from the above sectors, will be held in New York on April 10, 2019 from 10.00 am -1.00 pm in the Church Center of the United Nations. The panel will discuss the role of religious NGOs in implementing the CRC, and their collaboration with other religious groups as well as secular groups and international agencies.

This event is co-sponsored by Arigatou International; the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations (CRNGO); Religions for Peace International; the Chair of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development;and, UNICEF. A question and answer period will follow.

Please RSVP to CRNGO by April 8, 2019. A light lunch will be served.