At the heart of the first Street Child Games in 2016 was the Congress, delivered over four days in partnership with Terre des Hommes, Dreikönigsaktion and StreetInvest.
The Congress provided a unique platform for street-connected children from nine countries to share their expertise on the lives of street children everywhere, and to demand action at the highest level.
The Congress focused on three key rights from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) identified by our frontline partners as those most frequently denied to children living, working or at risk of the streets:
– The Right to Protection from Violence
– The Right to Education
– The Right to a Legal Identity
The Congress concluded with the General Assembly. Government officials and media joined an audience of over 200 supporters in the Crystal Room of the Copacabana Palace Hotel.
The young people presented their Rio Resolution delivering a strong message in a set of recommendations calling for the global community to protect street children’s rights worldwide.
The Rio Resolution was sent to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi who acknowledged the importance of the development of the Resolution by street-connected children, he said:
“Congratulations on the successful convening of the General Assembly of the Street Child Games and for producing the Rio Resolution. I’ve read the Resolution with great interest and I find it truly inspiring. We take good note of the Resolution and we will reflect it in our work as appropriate, as well as share it with relevant UN offices.”
The young people and our frontline partners will use the Rio Resolution as a tool to support their ongoing work with street children in-country.
“It was a privilege to be invited to the launch of the Street Child World Cup at Downing Street. It gives children a voice through football, sales a platform to express their rights and celebrate their abilities – I’m proud to add my support.”
“I experienced hardcore street life in my youth. I know what it’s like. I congratulate the Street Child World Cup project in it’s commitment to bring attention to the plight of Street Children through the power of football.”
“I know from personal experience just what power football can have to inspire and change young people’s lives whatever their background or nationality. This is what the Street Child World Cup is all about and I give it my full support.”