The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) together with its partners Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) and Youth Law Australia (YLA), brought their workshop on the ‘UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Building Capacity on Reporting and Implementation’ back to Sydney for the first time since the inaugural workshop in 2017.
On 28 February – 1 March at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Sydney, six participants from civil society organisations in NSW and the ACT engaged in rich discussions around a series of topics including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Reporting Cycle to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, civil society and federal engagement with UN reporting, youth justice and incarceration, early childhood, the experiences of Indigenous children and young people, the universal right to education, stateless children and children seeking asylum, digital rights and more.
Dr Noam Peleg (UNSW), James McDougall (Australian Child Rights Taskforce), and Matthew Keeley (YLA) led the workshop and shaped discussions. Guest presenter Dr Claire Cronin (Attorney-General’s Department) shared her experiences with UN reporting mechanisms including her appearance before the Committee Against Torture (CAT) in 2022, the challenges of working in civil society and later in government and more including the simplified reporting procedure. A special guest appearance was also made by the Commissioner Natalie Lewis (Queensland Family and Child Commission) who spoke to the value and importance of hearing the voice of children and young people and the work of the Commission including the Yarning for Change: Listen to My Voice report.
The next workshop will be held in Perth on 30-31 March. Click here for more information.