Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 November 2012

The Third Pan-African Forum on Children



The Third Pan-African Forum on Children


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, November 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ INVITATION TO THE MEDIA



When: 19-20 November 2012


Theme: ” Accountability for Investment in Children.”


Where: African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Why: The Forum is to review the implementation of the Call by AU Member States and other stakeholders and strengthen accountability and advocate for stronger efforts in investing in children; and promote mainstreaming of child rights issues into other sectors at regional and national levels, therefore contributing to the promotion and protection of the rights and well-being of children in the context of the family.


Who: Co organized by the Department of Social Affairs of the AUC and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), with the support of various partners


Participants : Experts from the Member States of the AU in the area of child welfare the,

representatives of UN agencies, NGO networks, organizations

of women and children involved issues related to children and

development partners.


The main objectives of the Forum are as follows:


• To develop a time-bound plan of action, showing how existing commitments regarding the realization of children’s rights will be implemented;

• To share good practices and experiences on advancing the rights and well-being of children;

• To support the efforts of the African Union and regional bodies in their advocacy and coordination to ensure that AU Member States are held accountable to the implementation of child rights instruments which they have ratified;

• To develop strategies for the way forward in strengthening policies and programmes on children and concretely act on child protection, provision and participation beyond the MDGs.

• To strengthen the capacities of child protection systems and services to be inclusive of all children, particularly those most vulnerable and to respond to their needs, as well as to introduce effective violence prevention initiatives;


Focus area at the forum:


• Discuss the findings of the Monitoring and Evaluation(M&E) Framework and review the current status of children in Africa;

•Review the findings of the State of Africa’s Children report 2010;

•Discuss the best practices of countries based on the M&E report;

• Concrete commitments by AU Member States to investment and accountability to children.



African Union Commission (AUC)


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