First regional dialogue in Latin America and the Caribbean “On the road to equality”: 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Santiago, Chile - 27-29 Nov 2018
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Description

The First regional dialogue in Latin America and the Caribbean “On the road to equality”: 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, will be held at the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, on 27–29 November 2018.
In the framework of the Dialogue, a presentation and award-giving ceremony on projects for ending child poverty and promoting sustainable development of the Concausa initiative (organized jointly by the América Solidaria Foundation, ECLAC and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)) will take place on Tuesday 27 November.
This document is intended to provide delegates with useful information to facilitate their work at the meeting.
The meeting coordinators will be available to answer any questions concerning logistical or organizational matters that you may have, before or during the event.

Practical information

Meeting coordination

The meeting is being organized by the UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
Questions on substantive matters relating to the meeting may be addressed to Claudio Santibáñez, Senior Advisor for Public Sector Partnerships of the UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (csantibanez@unicef.org), and Jimena Arias Feijoó, Social Affairs Officer of the Office of the Secretary of the Commission of ECLAC (jimena.arias@cepal.org).
Operational queries should be addressed to Maylis León, of the UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (mleonpereira@unicef.org ).

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Programme

Tuesday, 27 November

9 a.m.–noon   Adolescents’ round table
The round table will bring together young people from different countries of the region to discuss their role in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the challenges of that implementation and the promotion of participation by children and adolescents.

This will be a participatory segment in which the adolescents will choose their own forms of discussion with a view to agreeing upon and presenting topics of interest and concern that will be shared at the plenary meeting on Thursday, as the declaration of the adolescents of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Noon – 2 p.m.    Adolescents’ luncheon

2  –6 p.m.     Concausa project presentation and award-giving ceremony
Concausa is an initiative organized jointly by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the América Solidaria Foundation and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It links up school-age youth in the Americas in order to draw attention to their vision and make specific proposals to contribute to the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This competition, which is now in its third year, identifies innovative projects by adolescents aged 15–17 who are committed to their communities. This segment will end with the presentation of the 17 projects selected and the awards for the 2018 edition.

 

2 – 2.15 p.m.    Official photograph

 

2.15 – 2.25 p.m.    Video projection: round-up of the week

 

2.25 – 2.55 p.m.    Welcome remarks:
Moderator: Laís Abramo, Chief of the Social Development Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

  • Statements by:

  • Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
  • María Cristina Perceval, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Benito Baranda, Executive President of América Solidaria Internacional
  • Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

 

2.55 – 3.35 p.m.    Presentation of selected Concausa projects (six projects)
Moderator: Sebastián Zulueta, Executive Director of América Solidaria Internacional

 

3.35 – 3.55 p.m.    Coffee break

 

3.55 – 4.35 p.m.    Presentation of selected Concausa projects (six projects)
Moderator: Heidi Ullmann, Social Affairs Officer of the Social Development Division of ECLAC

 

4.35 – 4.55 p.m.    Presentation of Concausa Ambassadors Generation 2016 and 2017

 

4.55 – 5.35 p.m.    Presentation of selected Concausa projects (five projects)
Moderator: Daniela Tejada, Coordinator of Adolescent Participation of the UNICEF office in Chile

 

5.35 – 5.55 p.m.    Award of diplomas

 

5.55 – 6 p.m.    Closing ceremony

  • Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

 

 

Wednesday, 28 November

9 – 10 a.m.    Opening session of the First regional dialogue in Latin America and the Caribbean “On the road to equality”: 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Commemorative video of the 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Statements by:

  • Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
  • María Cristina Perceval, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Pau Marí Klose, High Commissioner for the Fight against Child Poverty of the Government of Spain
  • Gilda Menchu, Guatemala
  • Jafeth Ernesto Cabrera Franco, Vice-President of Guatemala
  • Paula-Mae Weekes, President of Trinidad and Tobago (by videolink)
  • Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Hernán Larrain, Minister of Justice, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Chile

 

10 – 10.30 a.m.    Coffee break

 

10.30 – 11.30 a.m.    Dialogue “Equality and children”: the situation of children and adolescents in the region
Moderator: María Luisa Fornara, Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Haiti

Panellists:

  • Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children
  • Luis Pedernera, member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children
  • Gladys Acosta, member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

 

11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.    Dialogue “Equality and children II”: dialogue on the situation of children and adolescents in the region (continued)
Moderator: Laís Abramo, Chief of the Social Development Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

4 Panellists:

  • Felipe González Morales, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants
  • Alejo Ramírez, Director of the Subregional Office for the Southern Cone of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB)
  • Gastão Alves de Toledo, Secretary for Access to Rights and Equity of the Organization of American States (OAS)
  • Verónica Magario, Co-Chair of the Latin American Federation of Cities, Municipalities and Local Government Associations (FLACMA)
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  • 12.30 – 1 p.m.    Presentation ceremony of the illustrated book on the 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and appointment of the artist Miguel Repiso as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

 

1 – 2 p.m.    Recess

 

2 – 4 p.m.    Session 1: Round table on social protection systems for children and adolescents
The purpose of this session is to analyse the overall situation in the region in terms of social protection policies, legislation and strategies, and to discuss how the construction and strengthening of social protection systems contribute to the fulfilment of the rights of children and adolescents, as provided for in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The participants will analyse how social protection policies in the region have incorporated the life cycle perspective as part of a systemic and comprehensive approach to social protection, as a central pillar of social policy. The focus will be on institutional, financial and technical challenges associated with the construction of social protection systems which are sensitive and relevant to children and adolescents in the region.

Moderator: Claudia Robles, Social Affairs Officers of the Social Development Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Panellists:

  • Federico Arnillas, Chair of the Round Table for Poverty Reduction (MCLCP) of Peru
  • Mariella de Aurrecoechea, Social Responsibility Officer of Deloitte Uruguay
  • Fernando Filgueira, Senior Researcher on Social Protection of the Centre for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) of Argentina
  • Pablo Vinocur, Director of the Human Development Postgraduate Programme in the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Argentine branch

 

4 – 4.30 p.m.    Coffee break

 

4.30 – 6.30 p.m.    Session 2: Round table on early childhood development
The purpose of this session is to analyse the overall situation in the region in terms of policies, legislation, programmes, strategies and efforts made by the Latin American and Caribbean States to guarantee the rights of girls and boys in early childhood, as provided for in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The discussions will examine the situation regarding early childhood in the region, as well as the main challenges and examples of good practices for strengthening public policies and programmes for this age group. They will reflect on the importance of strengthening coordination between different sectors and stakeholders and of public and private investment, in order to scale up comprehensive programmes for early childhood. Programmatic innovations to promote caring and sensitive caregiving will also be discussed (taking into account health and nutrition, education, protection and stimulation) with an approach grounded in rights, inclusion and cultural relevance.

Moderator: Jonathan Lewis, Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Costa Rica

Panellists:

  • Néstor López, Coordinator of Education and Equity Projects of UNESCO and Coordinator of the Information System on Educational Trends in Latin America (SITEAL) 
  • Maureen Samms-Vaughan, Professor of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies
  • Sergio Rademacher, General Manager of Microsoft Chile
  • Kim Simplis Barrow, First Lady of Belize
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Thursday, 29 November

9–11 a.m.    Session 3: Prevention and response to violence of all kinds
The purpose of this session is to analyse the regional situation with regard to policies, legislation, programmes, strategies and efforts made by the Latin American and Caribbean States to reduce the high levels of violence against children and adolescents and to ensure fulfilment of their rights, as provided for in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
It will also address two issues related to the expressions and consequences of violence in the region: the migration of children and adolescents and the challenges facing systems of adolescent criminal responsibility.

Moderator: Daniela Trucco, Social Affairs Officer of the Social Development Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

6 Panellists:

  • Patrick Figueiredo Antunes, Brasil
  • Katherine Aguirre Tobón, Researcher with the Igarapé Institute, Brazil
  • José Guadalupe Ruelas, Director of Casa Alianza, Honduras
  • Milena Grillo, Director of Strategy and Innovation at the Paniamor Foundation, Costa Rica
  • Daniel Lozano, Director General of Paradisus by Meliá, Dominican Republic

11–11.30 a.m.    Coffee break

11.30 a.m.–1.30 p.m.    Session 4: Round table on development and participation of adolescents
The purpose of this session is to analyse the regional picture in relation to policies, legislation, programmes, strategies and efforts made by the Latin American and Caribbean States to guarantee the rights of girls and boys in adolescence, as provided for in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The progress of State practices towards recognition and respect for the dignity and agency of adolescents will be discussed, along with the importance of investing in the second decade of life and of fostering intersectoral actions that promote positive adolescent development and empowerment and promote their participation.

Moderator: Joaquín González-Alemán, Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ecuador

Panellists:

  • Jeremy Fraser, Guyana
  • Pablo Vommaro, Director of Working Groups and Research Promotion of the Latin American Social Sciences Council (CLACSO)
  • Camila Crosso, Coordinator General of the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE)
  • Aparecida Lacerda, General Manager of Professional Education of the Roberto Marinho Foundation (partnered with the television network Rede Globo)
  • Sandra Granger, First Lady of Guyana
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1.30 – 3 p.m.    Recess

3–5.30 p.m.    Closing session

Statements by representatives of governments and parliaments

• Summary of the dialogue 
- Claudio Santibáñez
, Senior Adviser for Public Sector Partnerships of the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNICEF and Jimena Arias Feijoó, Social Affairs Officer of the Office of the Secretary of the Commission of ECLAC

• Close of the meeting
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Declaration by the adolescents
- María Cristina Perceval, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
- Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

 

 

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