ACYA and UNCROC
One of ACYA’s primary functions is to prepare and present the periodic non-governmental “alternative reports” to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
When the government reports to the UN Committee, the committee accepts reports from Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs). These reports are often referred to as alternative reports. The Committee gives particular weight to shadow reports prepared by national coalitions, or reports that are endorsed by key NGOs in the country.
Click to download a pdf of the latest alternative report submitted by ACYA in November 2015.
UN process for considering shadow reports
The UN Committee holds a pre-sessional working group, at which the members of the UN Committee meet representatives from a country’s NGOs. The pre-sessional working group reviews the NGO information in the presence of the NGO representatives and asks questions on areas of particular interest.
Following this process, the UN Committee working group draws up a list of issues to be addressed by the State Party when it appears before the Committee.
Preparing an alternative report: Working papers and Workshops
Our alternative reports aim to present information from as wide a range of organisations and individuals as possible. To achieve this, we produce working papers and hold workshops. We want to hear from everyone who works with and for children and young people. Are the rights of children and young people in Aotearoa New Zealand being respected? Are there breaches of those rights?
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