Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Invitation to Participate in Civil Society Consultation

With thanks to Jamil Dakwar for circulating:
Dear Colleagues,
The U.S. Department of State invites you to participate in a civil society consultation with representatives from various United States government agencies on Thursday, November 12, 2015.
The consultation relates to the next periodic report of the United States on the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC); and on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography (OPSC).  The report is scheduled to be submitted to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in January 2016. 
The consultation will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2015, from 10:00am to 12:00pm, at the International  Conference Center of the Main State Department Building (also known as the Harry S Truman Building) (C St entrance between 23rd St and C St NW), in Rooms 1205 and 1408.  There will also be an option to dial in by phone.
In order to make the consultations as effective as possible, we plan to hold a brief introductory session and then break into two groups, one to discuss the views of civil society on implementation of the OPAC, and one to discuss the views of civil society on implementation of the OPSC.  Previous U.S. reports and the Committee’s concluding observations and recommendations are available here.
Please RSVP to [email protected] no later than Monday, November 9, with the following information: (i) your name, phone number and email address, (ii) institutional affiliation, (iii) whether you will attend the session on the OPAC or the OPSC or will send a representative to one or the other, (iv) the name, phone number and email address of the representative(s) and (iv) whether you will participate in person or by telephone.  Based on your acceptance of this invitation, the State Department will provide additional information regarding building entry, call-in information, and guidelines on verbal contributions, including on how much time will be allotted for presentations.  Priority will be given to those who ask for a slot in advance.  Written statements provided in advance are strongly encouraged.  Please e-mail any advance written statements to [email protected] byTuesdayNovember 10, so that we may review them prior to the event.  We also encourage all civil society organizations to send their Shadow Reports on the Children’s Protocols to [email protected]so that they may be reviewed.
Finally, we invite you to circulate this invitation to other individuals and groups who may be interested in participating in either or both consultations.  If RSVPs exceed capacity, we may ask organizations who have responded to limit attendance.  These events are off the record and closed to the press.
Danielle Myers Hoke
Foreign Affairs Officer
Multilateral and Global Affairs Office
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL/MLGA)
U.S. Department of State
SA-1, Room 430
Tel:  202-663-1513

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