Launching the GlobalChild Project – the development of a comprehensive child rights monitoring platform.

Friday, August 26,  09:00 – 16:45


The Fairmont Hotel, Leduc Room                                                                                                  

133 9th Avenue Southwest, Calgary

GlobalChild is a comprehensive child rights monitoring platform that will facilitate and support the ability of signatory Sates to comply with their obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). GlobalChild, an initiative of the University of Victoria, is under the leadership of Dr. Ziba Vaghri in collaboration with 7 Canadian and 4 international universities.

Canada was instrumental in the development of the CRC, playing an active role in the development and early drafts of the Convention.  It was one of the first States to ratify the Convention and in 1990 it hosted the World Summit for Children to promote the Convention to the other governments of the world. In recent years, Canada has lagged behind in meeting its obligations under the CRC.  GlobalChild will be able to assist Canada by providing a harmonized, accessible and analytical reporting structure, based on an indicators framework.

The event will launch this 5-year project funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) and the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR)

Check in (no registration fee is applied) : 08:00– 09:00 AM

Morning Sessions

Opening Remarks

Keynote 1: 09:00 – 09:30

Dr Ziba Vaghri, University of Victoria. Overview of GlobalChild

Keynote 2: 09:30 – 09:45

Dr Benyam Dawit Mezmur, the Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child; accountability to children and tools to monitor the CRC-Via Skype

Key Note 3:  09:45 – 10:00

Minister of the Human Services, Government of Alberta


Dr Yanghee Lee, the former Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and a member of the GlobalChild team, will make a few remarks and introduce the international team of GlobalChild

Networking and coffee break: 10:30-11:00

Closing Remarks: 11:00-11:15

Lunch for the working group members: 11:45-13:00

In Camera working session: 13:00-15:00

Coffee break: 15:00-15:15

In Camera working session: 15:15- 16:30

Closing the Day: 16:30-16:45

*Schedule is subject to change.

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