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INTRODUCING THE CSO FORUM

Susan Wambui Mbugua Legal Officer, ACPF

RATIONALE
Central role of the ACERWC as the custodian of the ACRWC The need to support the compliment the work of the ACERWC CSO·s willingness and ability to facilitate the implementation of the ACRWC Partnership between the ACERCW and CSO was needed This relationship but was ad hoc in nature

PURPOSE

Platform where CSO can engage with the mechanisms of the ACERWC Provide a platform for partnership and networking Springboard for advocacy around children·s issues and wellbeing in Africa Sessions designed to precede the ACERWC Sessions

OBJECTIVES OF THE CSO FORUM
Overall Objectives To contribute to proper implementation of the ACERWC and the Call for Accelerated Action and an Africa Fit for Children Foster closer collaboration and co-operation among Civil Society organisations; The Africa Union Commission, its structures and organs; the ACERWC and other stakeholders for promotion and protection children·s rights and wellbeing in Africa Specific objectives To educate, share and learn from one another on important child rights issues, mechanisms and processes To provide recommendations to the ACERWC on various important child rights topics.

PROGRESS

Forum has held two meetings (10-13 April 2009 and 12-13 November 2009) Since its inception the Forum has had the following key achievements: 

  



Brining together a large number of child focused CSO which has facilitated in effective engagement with the ACERWC and among CSO Key recommendation have made to the ACERWC and some have been successfully implemented e.g. The recommendation from the CSO Forum on the review of the ACERWC Plan of Action. Facilitate and assist in the process of submission of complementary reports to the ACERWC, translation, summaries, assisting representatives of CSO to the pre-session meetings) Enhancing the visibility of the ACRWC and the ACERWC Providing capacity building on the mechanisms of the ACRWC

OBJECTIVE OF THE 3RD CSO FORUM
Familiarize

CSOs with the African Human Rights System as it affects children and engagement opportunities

Advocacy

in 2010
Provide

recommendations on the above

issues.

CD is provided with key documents The organising Committee wishes you fruitful deliberations!