The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) would like to inform the media and the general public, that its 24th Ordinary Session and 10th Pre-Session will take place from 01 – 06 December, 2014, at the New Conference Centre of the African Union Commission Headquarters.
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Press Release 24th ACERWC Ordinary Session_01-06 Dec. 2014
ACERWC_24th Ordinary Session_01-06 December-2014_Program of Work
The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) holds two Ordinary Sessions a year (usually in April and November) which are basically devoted to, among others, the consideration of State Parties report on the implementation of the African Children’s Charter, considerations of communications, consideration of complementary reports, and hold a day of general discussion. To date the Committee has held 23 Ordinary Sessions and 1 Extra-ordinary Session.
The Committee will be holding its 24th Ordinary Session from 01-06 December 2014. In addition, at the margins of the Session, the Committee will also have a Workshop to validate its Strategic Plan for the years 2015-2019 on 28-29 November.
During the Session the Committee will undertake the following major activities:
- Adoption of the Concept Note for the Day of African Child (DAC) 2015, which will be on the theme ‘25 Years after the Adoption of the African Children’s Charter: Accelerating our Collective Efforts to End Child Marriage in Africa’
- Adoption of the program of work for the AU Special Rapporteur on Ending Child Marriage (Fatéma Sebaa, first vice-chair of the Committee),
- Presentation and adoption of the Report of the ACERWC’s advocacy Mission to South Sudan, which was held from 03-09 August 2014,
- Discussion and adoption of the Decision on the Communication against the Government of Senegal on the situation of Senegalese talibés,
- Adoption of the concluding observations and recommendations on the status of the implementation of the African Children’s Charter by the Government of Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa,
- Discussion on the planned activities related to children in armed conflict in Africa,
- Discussion on General Comment No.3 on the Responsibility of the Child (Article 31 of the Charter), and
- Consideration of application for investigation by Under the Same Sun on the situation of children with albinism in Tanzania.
The opening Session will be hold on 01 December 2014 at the Head Quarter of the African Union Commission, Addis Ababa-Ethiopia.
The ACERWC is conducting a two days Workshop to validate its Strategic Plan which covers the period 2015-2019 and is based on the outcomes of the Review of the previous Strategic Plan 2010-2014 .It is grounded in a situational analysis and identification of priority areas for action by the Committee which were used to develop Strategic Results. The objective of the workshop is to involve all stakeholders in the process of the validation of the ACERWC Strategic Plan. During the workshop,the stakeholders will give their views and opinion and thus enrich the Strategic Plan.The main focus will be on refining the Strategic Plan.
The Workshop will be held in the AUC, New Conference Center, Small Conference Hall-1.
The 1st Extra-Ordinary Session of African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) was opened today, 07 October, 2014, at the African Union HQ in Addis Ababa. The Committee will consider State Parties reports from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Guinea, and Mozambique.
Representatives of these countries will engage with the Committee on the measures their respective countries have taken to implement the provisions of the African Children’s Charter and ensure their countries are fit for children.
The submission of States Parties reports is provided in Article 43 of the Charter. It allows States Parties to present the progress made in implementing the Charter for the enjoyment of the rights of the child.
The Session will close on 11th October, 2014.
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The 1st Extra-Ordinary Session of the African Committee will be held from 07-11 October, 2014 in Addis Ababa. The Committee will consider five State Parties reports from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Guinea, and Mozambique. Representatives of these countries will engage with the Committee on the measures that their respective countries have taken to implement the provisions of the African Children’s Charter.
The convening of this Extra-ordinary Session to consider States Parties reports is the result of the Campaign for Universal Ratification of/and Reporting on the African Children’s Charter (URRC) launched by the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. Being concerned by State parties slow compliance with their reporting obligations, the Committee launched in January 2014 a vast continental campaign aiming at securing the ratification of the Charter by all African countries, the withdrawal of reservations against any provisions of the Charter, and regular reporting by State Parties on the measures they take to give effect to the provisions of the Charter.
The Session will be preceded by the 9th Pre-Session on 6th October where Civil Societies Complementary reports will be considered.