September 11, 2014

EVENTS: Day of General Discussion: "Digital media and children’s rights" 12 September 2014

Day of General Discussion: "Digital media and children's rights" 12 September 2014 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Room XVII, Palais des Nations

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified international human rights instrument, with 194 States Parties.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child, the body of independent experts responsible for reviewing progress made by States parties in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, during its 65th session (13 – 31 January 2014) decided to devote its 2014 Day of General Discussion (DGD) to "Digital media and children's rights". The discussion will take place on Friday 12 September 2014 during the 67th session of the Committee in Geneva.

The purpose of the Days of General Discussion is to foster a deeper understanding of the contents and implications of the Convention as they relate to specific articles or topics. Representatives of Governments, non-governmental organizations, United Nations human rights mechanisms, United Nations bodies and specialized agencies, national human rights institutions as well as individual experts and children are welcome to take part. The Committee also encourages the submission of written contributions, to be sent by 10 August 2014, please click on this link for more information.

Overall objective of the 2014 DGD

To better understand the effects of children's engagement with social media as well as information and communications technologies (ICT), in order to understand the impact on and role of children's rights in this area, and develop rights-based strategies to maximize the online opportunities for children while protecting them from risks and possible harm.

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