Joint statement on the 2014 UN General Assembly resolution on the rights of the child

Date: 1st September 2013
Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care, General measures of implementation

Eurochild is amongst more than 37 international and national organisations and networks that have endorsed the joint statement calling for a focus on strengthening family care and providing appropriate alternative care for children, in the 2014 United Nations General Assembly resolution on the rights of the child.

Since 2005, the UN General Assembly has highlighted one thematic area of children's rights in its annual resolution, but it has so far not addressed children without appropriate family care. The UN General Assembly session in 2014 will be particularly important as it will be the 5th Anniversary of the adoption of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children.

The joint statement reminds member States that: "... as five years have passed since the adoption of the Guidelines, it is time to take stock of the progress made and how we have moved forward and look at the impact that the Guidelines have had on the lives of children".

Other organisations that have signed the joint statement include CELCIS (Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland), Save the Children and the NGO Committee on UNICEF.

  • Access the joint statement here.