UN ECOSOC campaign (2010)

CRIN, together with a group of NGOs, decided to call upon the UN ECOSOC Committee on NGOs to stop blocking access for legitimate human rights organisations to obtain ECOSOC status.

Getting ECOSOC status allows NGOs to participate fully in the UN system. Without it, they are confined to the sidelines - unable to submit questions, attend UN sessions or hold side events in their own name. CRIN has been deferred from attaining ECOSOC status seven times since we applied in 28 May 2010 by what we believe are tactics employed by some States to deny access to NGOs critical of governments and to select their own jury at the UN.

States which are committee members are controlling the review process to defer applications, such as asking (often repetitive) questions that go beyond the scope of what  NGOs are required to submit with their applications. The process of getting ECOSOC status lacks transparency and clear accountability.

Appointment processes (2009 - 2018)

CRIN has taken an active role in scrutinising the top appointment process in the field of children's rights. CRIN has strived to make the appointment processes of the top jobs in children’s rights more open and transparent to ensure that leaders with the appropriate commitment, skills and experience to work effectively for children’s rights occupy the roles. Below are some examples of the appointments we have worked on.

Committee of the Rights of the Child

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is the most powerful children's rights organisation in the world. It not only has the authority to influence governments' compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), but also to interpret and expand on the provisions set out in the CRC.

Elections to the Committee on the Rights of the Child take place every two years. Committee members are elected for a term of four years. Though NGOs cannot directly nominate a candidate, they can influence the nomination of candidates at national level. In order to make the process more transparent, CRIN partnered with Child Rights Connect to develop joint questionnaires sent to prospective candidates standing for election and subsequently made public, as well as coordinating with other advocates in the region to secure good nominations.

Read some of our past interviews and profiles of CRC members.

UNICEF Executive Director (2009)

In 2009, when CRIN launched this campaign, the first appointment to come under scrutiny was the Executive Director of UNICEF. The organisation’s founding charter, from 1946, simply states that “the Secretary-General of the UN shall appoint the Executive Director in consultation with the Executive Board.” There are no other requirements or directives regarding the appointment, although since UNICEF's establishment in 1947, all Executive Directors of UNICEF have been from the United States.

CRIN encouraged children's rights advocates to sign a letter to the UN Secretary General urging him to conduct an open and transparent appointment process. In total, 278 organisations signed the letter and we were delighted to receive responses from several ambassadors who agreed with our position.

Read more.

1 in 7 billion campaign

The process for selecting a UN Secretary-General is opaque, outdated and the appointment is in the hands of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. CRIN partnered with the 1 for 7 Billion campaign which called for a more open and inclusive selection process, with genuine involvement by all UN Member States.

Read more about the 1 in 7 billion campaign including a summary of the dialogues and analysis of each of the candidates.