The publication entitled “Enhancing Access to Justice for Children” constitutes a follow-up to an eponymous panel discussion organized by the Geneva Centre in September 2019, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The panel benefitted from the participation of international experts from UNICEF, ILO and the Committee on the Rights of the Child, among others. Through this publication, the Geneva Centre wishes to reiterate its commitment towards the attainment of the right to access justice for all children, in the MENA region and globally. The publication is also an occasion to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, celebrated in 2019. During the debate, the panellists underlined that millions of girls and boys still have their rights violated, despite the success of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Ensuring access to justice can help mitigate the risks of violence faced by children.
The book summarizes the rich panel proceedings and includes a think piece on the lessons learned from the panel debate, identifying the main challenges and the way forward for achieving equitable and universal access to justice for all children.