United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women

United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children

"Women and children: from international law to national realities"

Panel Discussion

Organized by the
Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women and
the Division for the Advancement of Women(DAW), together with
the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA)

10 May 2002, Conference Room 4
United Nations Headquarters in New York

A supporting event to the twenty-seventh special session of the General Assembly on children, the panel discussion was held on 10 May 2002 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It underlined the importance of the international rule of law and gave concrete examples of its application at the national level for advancing the enjoyment of human rights of women and children, and highlighted the complementary application of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and their optional protocols.

Ms. Angela E.V. King, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, moderated the panel discussion. Panellists included Mr. Hans Corell, United Nations Legal Counsel; Mr. Jaap Doek, Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child; Ms. Unity Dow, Justice, High Court of Botswana; Ms. Saida Labbene, Director-General for Children, Ministry for Youth, Children and Sports, Tunisia; Ms. Cecilia Pérez Diaz, Minister of Planning and Co-operation, Chile; Ms. Dubravka Šimonović, Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations; and Ms. Regina Tavares da Silva, Expert, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.


Panel Discussion Front Page

(archived video presentation - approx. length: 1 ˝ hours)

Photo Gallery (coming soon)

Statement to the Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole of the Special Session on Children by Ms. Regina Tavares da Silva

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