Defence for Children International strongly believes in the power of partnerships and collaborative efforts and has rich history of working together within the human rights world. Defence for Children holds a consultative status with different partners like the ECOSOC, UNESCO, ILO and the CoE. The International Secretariat of Defence for Children International, DCI, is an active member of the Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice ( IPJJ), one of the founder and active member of Childs Rights Connect and part of the International NGO Council on Violence Against Children.

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC): Defence for Children has a special consultative status with ECOSOC since 1993. This relationship is the principal means through which ECOSOC receives input from NGOs into its deliberations at public meetings and in its subsidiary bodies as well as in UN international conferences and their preparatory bodies. Among the privileges that DCI has having a consultative status: to place items on the agenda of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies; attend meetings, where we can submit written statements and make oral presentations to governments and interact with UN bodies and Human Rights Mechanisms.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF): As the slogan of UNICEF mentions ‘Unite for Children’ UNICEF works together with individuals, governments, and organisations, among which Defence for Children. UNICEF is an important partner in the Children’s Rights field and on intentional level we collaborate together on different subjects, including within the IPJJ, and on national level almost all of our sections work closely together with UNICEF.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO): Defence for Children has a partnership with UNESCO and is part of the NGO section. Through this partnership we can participate in meetings, receive information, and provide input for topics related to children’s rights.

International Labour Organisation (ILO): Defence for Children has a consultative status with ILO and is invited to attend conferences and provide inputs for declarations, conventions, etc.; in particular for matters related to child labour.

Council of Europe (CoE): Defence for Children has a consultative status with the Council of Europe and is part of the International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGO) Conference to the Council of Europe. Some Defence for Children representatives are also part of the list of experts that advice and guide the CoE policies on children’s rights.

Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU (FRA): Defence for Children is a member of the NGO Platform of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. FRA is one of the EU’s decentralised agencies. These agencies are set up to provide expert advice to the institutions of the EU and the Member States on a range of issues. FRA helps to ensure that the fundamental rights of people living in the EU are protected. AS a member of its NGO Platform and can be consulted on different things related to children’s rights, as well as attend the annual meeting in Vienna and make presentations and raise issue to the Agency.

UN Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice (IPJJ): Defence for Children is part of the steering committee of IPJJ and hosts the entity within its office. The UN Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice is a coordination panel on technical advice and assistance in juvenile justice composed of 13 United Nations agencies and non-governmental organisations actively involved in juvenile justice. It was established following the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Resolution 1997/30.

Child Rights Connect (formerly the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child): Defence for Children is a member and the founder of Child Rights Connect, which is one of the biggest network for child rights, gathering more than 80 members from all around the world. Defence for Children is an active member of this network, also represented in its Executive Committee. In the past Defence for Children has been chairing also some of its Working Groups (Juvenile Justice and Children and Violence), while is currently member also of its group on mainstreaming, children of incarcerated parents and the focus group on children affected by armed conflicts.

International NGO Council on Violence Against Children (INCO): Defence for Children is one of the historical members of the Council and is represented there by the Executive Director of its International Secretariat. The INCO was formed in 2007 to support strong and effective follow-up to the UN Study on Violence against Children. Its central role today is to work closely with the Special Representative of the Secretary General to ensure civil society participation in the follow up activities. The Council is composed of 18 members – nine members representing international NGOs, and nine members (selected at regional level) representing national and regional NGOs.

African Child Policy Forum (ACPF):  Defence for Children and ACPF signed an agreement to work together building on each other’s comparative advantage and ensuring effective coordination and sustainability of efforts to protect and promote child justice in Africa. This memorandum from 2012 is currently being re-discussed in view of the implementation of the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography And Trafficking of children for sexual purposes (ECPAT): Defence for Children and ECPAT are working together for the elimination of child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. Within programmes like ‘Defence for Girls’ we work together on international level and on local level to ensure that children and especially girls everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights free and secure from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.

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