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Convention on the Rights of the Child

High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child

**The deadline for pre-registration is now closed. We will not be able to accommodate any new registrations. Thank you for your understanding.

The high-level meeting, including the panel discussion, will be broadcast via a live webcast that is publicly accessible at: http://webtv.un.org

United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting
25th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

20 November 2014
United Nations, New York

The event:

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. On this occasion, the General Assembly passed a resolution to organize a high-level meeting, taking place in New York on 20 November 2014.

This is a critical moment to take stock of progress, suggest ways to bridge implementation gaps and make a strong call for make the vision of the Convention a reality for all children, as well as to highlight innovative approaches that can transform the lives of children everywhere.

The event will consist of a morning opening session as well as an interactive panel discussion in the afternoon that will:

1)   take stock of the progress that has been achieved for children since 1989;
2)   identify main challenges in realizing the rights of the child including discrimination and inequalities in the progress made; and
3)   look to the future from different perspectives, including children, governments and civil society, and consider the best ways to address these challenges as the international community moves into the next 25 years of the CRC.

General Event Information:

9:00 am-10:00 am in the General Assembly hall, before the UNGA High Level Meeting, there will be a special event launching  #IMAGINE, a global UNICEF initiative to engage millions of people in advancing the rights of children.  UNICEF ambassadors, musical artists and actors will be performing, along with some surprise guests. The event will globally broadcast and includes performances by Angelique Kidjo, Daniela Mercury and more, along with an exciting announcement and special finale. See registration details below.

UNGA High Level Meeting on the CRC@25
The UNGA High Level Meeting consists of two separate sessions:

• 11 am – 1 pm: Opening Session
• 3 pm – 6 pm: Interactive Panel Discussion

Please click here to download the final Provisional Programme of the UNGA High Level Meeting, as approved by the Office of the President of the General Assembly. Details on the sessions and speakers are included. See registration details below.

Registration Instructions:

Everyone that has pre-registered online must physically register in person in the lobby of UNICEF House. This applies to representatives of both ECOSOC-accredited and non-ECOSOC accredited organizations. You will require a copy of the confirmation letter you received in earlier correspondence and valid photo identification.

Registration will take place as follows:


3:00 – 6:00 pm on Wednesday, 19 November 2014
7:00 -11:00 am on Thursday, 20 November 2014


3 UN Plaza (on East 44th Street between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY, 10017

Information on process:

All events (the two sessions of the High Level Meeting and the UNICEF #IMAGINE Launch) require separate tickets each that will be offered at registration on a first-come first-serve basis. Tickets are non-transferable. Those that receive tickets will be guided to the United Nations building. Those that do not will be accommodated in a spill-over room at UNICEF House. Please note that seating is extremely limited at the UNGA High Level Meeting and that the majority of participants will be seated in the spill-over room, where the events will be live-streamed. If the spill-over room reaches capacity, the events will be available for viewing through this webcast link: http://webtv.un.org

Due to security reasons, last-minute changes to attendees from your organization cannot be accommodated.

We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your continued commitment to children’s rights.

Additional information:

Please note that your organization will need to make arrangements to cover the cost of your travel to and from New York, as well as your accommodations during the meeting.  Please also ensure that you have the necessary visa for entry into the United States through your local US Embassy or Consulate.  Representatives requiring a visa to enter the United States are advised to apply as early as possible in case any time is needed for special clearances by the US authorities, and ensure that the visa is received in time for travel.  Past practice shows that when applying for a US visa, it is recommended that NGOs and other representatives bring copies of the UN confirmation letter, as well as a letter prepared by their own NGO, at the time of their appointment with the US Consulate or Embassy.  The NGO letter should include detailed information on the visa applicant (e.g., position, number of years working for the NGO, and number of applicants that the NGO is sending to the event).

Contact: crc25@unicef.org  (We regret that we will not be able to respond to requests for new registrations).



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