Posted 15 Feb 2019
UN to develop General Comment on street children
Posted on the 1st July 2014
At the Street Child World Cup, we welcome wholeheartedly the news that the UN is to develop a general comment on street children as a significant breakthrough for all those working for the rights of street-connected children around the globe.
For the first time, the general comment will offer an authoritative interpretation on the Convention of the Rights of the Child with regard to street-connected children.
It comes decades after it was first proposed and shortly after a group of experts led by Consortium for Street Children went to Geneva to persuade the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child that the lack of a clear UN framework for street children means they often slip through policy gaps. The delegation included Manoel Torquato from SCWC’s partner in Fortaleza, Brazil, O Pequeno Nazareno, and Dieudonné Nahimana, of New Generation in Burundi.
Briefly, the general comment can be used to strengthen advocacy, to push for changes in the law, and as a framework for accountability. In essence, it establishes new scope for treating street children as a specific area for policy, something that Street Child World Cup and our partners support fully. Our hope is also that the decision to develop a general comment will boost the campaign, A Crianca não é da Rua, for the first public policy in Brazil.
There is still a long way to go, but the decision to develop a UN general comment is a critical step towards safeguarding the rights of street-connected children everywhere.
To learn more about the UN general comment on street children read Jo Griffin’s article in The Guardian 24 June 2014 – Street children: will the UN comment put their rights in the fast lane?.