Child Rights Connect is an independent, non-profit network made up of more than 85 national, regional, and international organisations.
Child Rights Connect was initially set up in 1983 as the Ad Hoc NGO Group for the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Its initial mandate was to influence the drafting of the CRC, the first and most comprehensive international human rights treaty for children. Since then, the organisation has worked to connect UN human rights systems to the daily realities of children’s lives.
To reflect their work, which now extends beyond the Convention on the Rights of the Child, they changed their name to Child Rights Connect in 2013.
As a network, Child Rights Connect has members at national, regional, and international levels, including other networks and child-led organisations.
They work closely with national NGOs and coalitions, UN agencies and experts, States, and children themselves, to advance children’s rights around the world.
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, they have a unique working relationship with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. They also have special ECOSOC consultative status at the United Nations, meaning that they are fully recognised to take part in United Nations deliberations.