Children’s Convention marks 30 years

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a treaty which sets out the civil, political, cultural, and economic rights of children. It has been marked throughout 2019 by numerous events both in New Zealand and overseas.

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This year also marks 30 years of New Zealand’s Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act (now known as the Oranga Tamariki Act), which governs the care and protection of children, and youth justice systems in New Zealand.

A symposium titled ‘Contemporary issues for children's rights: international and national contexts,’ which brought together a range of perspectives on children’s rights in contemporary society, was held in Wellington this August. Two days of discussion took place, along with a well-attended public lecture. Four visiting international experts were an integral part of the symposium, and undertook a range of meetings with public sector and civil society groups and the judiciary.

A collection of reflections from this symposium has now been published (available here (PDF)), edited by Associate Professor Nessa Lynch. This contains reflections from a range of experts on children’s rights in various settings, and consideration of challenges for the upcoming years.

This collection of reflections is free to access and share, thanks to funding received from the Law Foundation of New Zealand and the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation. The symposium was also supported by funding from those supporters, as well as from Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University, and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.