Human Rights Council: 25th Session



Programme of workChildren's rights on the agenda | Reports | Resolutions | UPR Adoptions

NGO Section: Side events | NGO Statements | NGO participation and submission deadlines

Further Information




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Programme of work

To access the full draft programme, click here.

Children's rights on the agenda

The Annual Day on the Rights of the Child takes place on Thursday, 13 March. This year's theme is on access to justice for children. You can read more about it here

Children's rights are set to feature in a number of other discussions also, including:


  • High Level Panel Discussion on 
    the Question of the Death Penalty                                                         
    Date: 5 March, 15:00 - 18:00
    Venue: Room XX


  • Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
    Date: 12 March, 09:00 - 12:00
    Venue: Room XX


  • Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) on violence against children; SRSG for children and armed conflict
    Date: 12 March, 12:00 - 15:00
    Venue: Room XX


  • Annual Full-Day Meeting on the Rights of the Child               
    Theme: Access to Justice for Children                 
    Date: 13 March, 09:00 - 12:00 and 15:00 - 18:00
    Venue: Room XX

The following debates will also feature children’s rights:

  • Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea                                                
    Date: 17 March, 10:00 - 13:00


  • COI on Syrian Arab Republic                               
    Date: 18 March, 09:00 - 12:00


You can access the full list of panel discussions and debates by logging on to the HRC Extranet.


Selected reports relating to children's rights include:


To access the full list of reports, click here.



Selected resolutions set to be tabled and discussed will appear on this page once they are made available.


Draft resolutions, decisions & President's statements:

The deadline for submission of draft proposals is 20 March 2014, at 13:00.


UPR Adoptions

The following reports will be adopted (from the 17th session of the UPR):

Belize | Central African Republic | Chad

China | Congo | Israel

Jordan | Malta | Malaysia

Mauritius | Mexico | Monaco

Nigeria | Saudi Arabia | Senegal


NGO Section

Side events

Unless otherwise stated, all events are to take place at the OHCHR (Palais des Nations, CH-1211, Geneva 10, Switzerland).


The following events feature children’s rights:

  • 3 March                                                                    
    “Too Young to Wed”                                
    Plan International                                               
    Venue: Salle des pas perdus, Building A, 3rd Floor, Door 15


  • 6 March                                                                    
    “Rights of the migrant children”
    Terre Des Hommes Federation Internationale           
    Time:16:00 – 18:00                                                
    Venue: Room – XXII


  • 7 March                                                          
    “Human Rights and Education”                                   
    United School International                                
    Time: 10:00 – 12:00                                              
    Venue: Room – XXVII


  • “Child Marriage”                                                
    World Young Women's Christian Association     
    Time: 11:00 – 13:00                                           
    Venue: Room – XXIV


  • “Child exploitation and human rights”                    
    Le Collectif des Femmes Africaines du Hainaut  
    Time: 14:00 – 16:00                                           
    Venue: Room - XXI


  • 11 March                                                     
    “Children and conflict”                                   
    Defence for Children International                        
    Time: 14:30 – 16:30                           
    Venue: Room – XI


  • “Human rights of minority women and children”     Liberation                                                            
    Time: 15:00 – 17:00,
    Venue: Room – XXVII


  • “Rights of the child and HIV”                            
    Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation      
    Time: 16:00 – 18:00                           
    Venue: Room – XXIV


  • “Restorative Justice for Children”
    SRSG on Violence Against Children, Government of Norway, Government of Indonesia
    Time: 18:00– 19:30    
    Venue: Conference Room XXI
  • “The Protection of children from sexual exploitation
    in the context of major sports events"
    Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
    Time: 12:00-14:00
    Venue: Room XXIV


  • 13 March
    “Making children's access to justice a reality: the third Optional Protocol to the UN CR”
    Ratify OP3 CRC
    Time: 13:00-14:30
    Venue: Room XXI


  • “Global Study on Children deprived of liberty”
    Defence for Children International
    Time: 18:00
    Venue: Room XX


  • 14 March                                                          
    “Global Strategy to End the Immigration Detention of Children”                                                      
    International Detention Coalition                        
    Venue: Room XXII
  • "World Congress on Juvenile Justice"
    Government of Switzerland and Terres des Hommes Foundation
    Time: 13:30 -15:00
    Venue: Room XXVII


  • 18 March                                                        
    “Violence against defenders, women and children”
    World Barua Organizations                                    
    Time: 13:00 – 15:00                            
    Venue: Room – XXIV


  • 20 March                                                         
    “Rights of women and children”                              
    International Buddhist Relief Organisation               
    Time: 15:00 – 17:00                              
    Venue: Room - XXVII
  • 24 March
    "Children on the Move in Migration"
    Inter-Agency Group on Children on the Move, Permanent Mission of Mexico
    Time: 14:00 - 16:00
    Venue: Room - XXI

You can access the full list of panel discussions and debates by logging on to the HRC Extranet.


NGO Statements

The following feature children's rights:

  • "Access to justice for CSEC victims"

Written statement submitted by Foundation ECPAT International (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking in Children for Sexual Purposes).

  • "Children of parents sentenced to death or executed: UN developments since the HRC Panel

Written statement submitted by Friends World Committee for Consultation


  • "Access to justice for juvenile offenders"

Written statement submitted by Human Rights Advocates Inc. 


You can view all statements here.


NGO participation and submission deadlines


Please consult the HRC NGO Participation page for further information.


The online registration system for submitting requests for oral statements of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC can be found here.

The sign-up system for oral statements will open on Friday 28 February 2014, at 14.00.


Please note that those of you who submitted written statements, you can continue using the same account log-in details for submitting requests for oral statements.


The “Information note for National Human Rights Institutions” can be found here.


Written statements


NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC may submit written statements relevant to the work of the Human Rights Council.


The HRC Secretariat wishes to draw the attention of NGOs to ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which authorises written statements of: a) 2,000 words for NGOs in general consultative status; and b) 1,500 words for NGOs in special consultative status and on the roster.


NGO written statements are to be submitted in accordance with the guidelines for the submission of NGO written statements. Please click here.

NGOs may submit their written statements to the Council Secretariat electronically to [email protected].


OHCHR NGO Liaison Office:


Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Palais des Nations

CH-1211 Geneva 10

Telephone: + 41 (0)22 917 9656

Email: [email protected]


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