[GENEVA, Friday 17 June 2011] The UN Human Rights Council has adopted the final draft Optional Protocol on a communications procedure for children's rights violations crafted by an intergovernmental working group over ten days in December 2010 and February 2011. The new protocol will enable the Committee on the Rights of the Child to examine communications from children and their representatives alleging violations of their rights.
The 1GOAL: Education for All campaign was created by the Global Campaign for Education to raise international awareness about the 72 million children who are out of school and to help create a lasting legacy from the FIFA World Cup - education for all. The campaign involves hundreds of organisations in over 100 countries and is chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
Campaigners give Cautious Welcome to World Education Summit Declaration - 1GOAL today welcomed world leaders' commitment to investing in universal educationand the call from African Heads of State to urgently prioritise investment in education at the World Education Summit today.In the first ever political summit to be created because of a sporting event, leaders responded to the campaign's call for a surge of political will to ensure every child can go to school before the next World Cup in 2014.
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For Kindernothilfe the reconstruction of rural schools in the mountainous areas south west of the Haitian capital, destroyed by the earthquake of January 12th, is one of the hardest logistic challenges within the humanitarian aid campaign of KNH in this Caribbean country.
The five months gone by after one of the worst natural disasters in the history of mankind, Haiti's earthquake of January 12th 2010, which left over 220,000 dead, have meant for Kindernothilfe new challenges every day and forced learning processes. In Port-au-Prince, the Chilean journalist Nélida Pohl talked with Jürgen Schübelin, who took charge for a year of the Humanitarian Campaign of Kindernothilfe in Haiti, and the coordination of the reconstruction of the destroyed projects' infrastructure.
20 years after the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), on the one hand, and ten years after the launch of the debt relief campaign, on the other hand, the work of Kindernothilfe within the context of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and the rights of the child were supposed to be examined and recorded. For that purpose Kindernothilfe's subsequent work on this topic was evaluated together with secondary material.
At its eleventh session, the Human Rights Council decided, in its resolution 11/1 of 17 June 2009, to establish an open-ended working group to explore the possibility of elaborating an optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child to provide a communications procedure complementary to the reporting procedure under the Convention. It also decided that the working group should hold its first session for five working days before the end of 2009.
Finally after four years of initiating the activity on Stand Up Against Poverty the "Silaw Sa Kaugmaon Center" (Project 29207) was able to persuade the Local Government of Manjuyod Negros Oriental Philippines to put up its own Stand Up activity.
The purpose of these procedures is to ensure the safety and well-being of all the young people and children in our care and to safeguard them against any potential abuse. They will also safeguard the staff and participants from allegations that might arise from careless or unwise behavior.