UNICEF supported NGO coalitions presented annual reports on the status of implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Child
NGO representatives present their reports on the situation of children and the status of CRC implementation in the country.
Skopje, 31 May 2012: Leading civil society organizations presented their independent findings and recommendations of their reports on the situation of children in the country , and the status of the country’s implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
The two umbrella groups the Coalition of Youth Organizations – SEGA, and an informal coalition of non-government organisations led by The First Children Embassy – Megjasi presented their reports.
NGOs also play an important role in reporting on the status of the country’s implementation of the Convention to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child through submitting alternative reports. In an effort to further build the capacity of civil society organizations in preparing reports that are based on evidence, UNICEF provided support to the two coalitions to prepare and publish annual reports.
“While the responsibly for implementing the convention on the rights of the child falls on state institutions, non-government organizations have an important role in monitoring the situation of children and the status of the Convention’s implementation,” said Mr. Zoran Stojanov, UNICEF Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. Focusing on the most recent Concluding Observations from the UN Committee for the Rights of Child (2010 Concluding Observations), the reports are the result of on-going efforts by UNICEF to support local civil society groups to monitor actions taken by institutions to address the Committee’s recommendations to advance child rights in the country. UNICEF provided guidance to these organizations on the use of evidence-based indicators but did not have any other editorial control.
While UNICEF support focused on building capacities in systematic monitoring, it also served to further strengthen the collaboration among civil society organisations. The Coalition of Youth Organizations - SEGA developed a report based on data collected from 14 municipalities covering - among other areas - education, child participation, implementation of child rights at local level, and the work of the National Commission for the Rights of the Children. The First Children Embassy – Megjasi led and coordinated a group of fifteen NGOs to produce a report focusing on a broad range of the 2010 Concluding Observations.
Click on the links to download a copy of the reports: Report prepared by the Coalition of Youth Organizations – SEGA (available in Macedonian only) and report prepared by the informal coalition of non-government organisations (NGO) led by Megjasi (available in Macedonian only).
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