Handling information for children's rights

©UNICEF/HQ04-0327/Mariella Furrer - Anne Njoki, 10, interviews Jerimiah Otieno, 7, to find out why he does not go to school, outside his home in Nairobi, the capital. Anne attends nearby Ruthimitu Primary School, where she has been trained to conduct surveys for the ‘Let’s Go to School’ campaign. Jeremiah has severe asthma and is not in school because his mother worries that he might have an attack while he is away from her.


The importance of accessing relevant information and the need of an efficient system for handling it was recognized as a crucial component of its activities at the first meeting in 1991 of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the treaty body responsible for monitoring the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In this spirit, for many years UNICEF IRC has developed and published the International Children's Rights Thesaurus and its companion the Children's Rights Glossary, that can strengthen access to data and effective information on the rights of children.

The CRC thesaurus organises, classifies and cross-references children's rights, according to the specialized terminology used in the Convention of the Rights of the Child and carefully defined in the CRC Glossary. The e-versions of the Thesaurus and of the Glossary are integrated, both allow to skip from one tool to another to define concepts, as well as to search IRC site using that terminology.

In addition, the full texts of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as of the two Optional Protocols and soon of the General Comments, have been parsed using the Glossary terms, with the result of linking each key term in those international instruments with the appropriate Glossary definition.

We hope that these tools will contribute to facilitate closer communication and collaboration among researchers, jurists and academicians, as well as wider dissemination and better understanding of the Convention on the Rights of the Child for the fulfilment of their rights globally.