Programma - 9 februari 2018

(provisional as of 18 January 2018)

09h00 – 09h30 Official opening of the conference and introduction

Didier REYNDERS, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Kingdom of Belgium (to be confirmed)

Benoît VAN KEIRSBILCK, Director Defence for Children – Belgium

Benoît PARMENTIER, President ChildONEurope and Karen VAN LAETHEM, President National Commission on the Rights of the Child - Belgium

09h30 – 09h55 Keynote speech: “A Children’s rights approach to evidence based policy”

Roberta RUGGIERO, Centre for Children’s Rights Studies at the University of Geneva, Switzerland

09h55 – 10h00 Intermezzo

10h00 – 11h10 Setting the debate: What constitutes an effective tool for measuring the effectiveness of children’s rights?

Practice: "The OHCHR Human Rights Indicators" - Nicolas FASEL, Adviser on Human Rights Measurement, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (through video conference)

Practice: “Kids count” - Laura SPEER, Associate Director Policy Reform & Advocacy, The Annie E Casey Foundation

Conclusions WG1: Hanita KOSHER, Lecture, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Plenary discussion

11h10 – 11h25 Coffee break

11h25 – 11h30 Intermezzo

11h30 – 12h30 How can synergies and links between child-rights indicators, child wellbeing indicators and other measuring instruments be developed ?

Practice: “Innocenti Report Card 14: SDG’s and children’s rights monitoring”, Gwyther REES, UNICEF Innocenti

Conclusions WG2: Milorad KOVACEVIC, Chief Statistician, UNDP

Plenary discussion

12h30 – 12h45 Critical considerations

Maria HERCZOG - Chair Family, Child, Youth Association Budapest; former member to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

12h45 – 13h45 Lunch

13h45 – 14h10 Key note speech afternoon session: "The Global Child Project"

Ziba VAGHRI - Director of the GlobalChild Project, Assistant Professor School of Public Health and Social Policy – University of Victoria, Canada

14h10 – 14h15 Intermezzo: video “what do you think?”

Unicef Belgique

14h15 – 15h25 How to ensure meaningful participation of children?

Practice: “Outcome Indicators on Child Participation” - Gerison LANSDOWN, Founder director of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, international children’s rights consultant and advocate

Practice: “Involving children in deciding what gets measured and how: a child rights-based approach” - Laura LUNDY, Director of the cross-university Centre for Children’s Rights, Queens University Belfast

Conclusions WG3: Mieke SCHUURMAN, Senior Policy and Advocacy Coordinator Children’s Rights & Child Participation at Eurochild

Plenary discussion

15h25 – 15h40 Coffee break

15h40 – 16h40 How can the most vulnerable children be reached?

Practice: “National Children’s Rights Indicators – Belgium: the specific surveys” - Catherine PÉTERS & Karen VAN LAETHEM, respectively project manager and President of the National Commission on the Rights of the Child

Conclusions WG4: Ferran CASAS, Emeritus Professor, University of Girona; Research Institute on Quality of Life

Plenary discussion

16h40 – 16h55 Critical considerations

Maria HERCZOG - Chair Family, Child, Youth Association Budapest; former member to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

16h55 – 17h15 Concluding remarks

Bernard DE VOS - Delegate-General for Children’s Rights, French Community of Belgium


Bruno VANOBBERGEN - Children’s Rights Commissioner, Flemish Community of Belgium

17h15 – 18h30 Reception