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UN Forum Series Blog: Time for the UNGPs to Grow Up? Tracking Children’s Rights in National Action Plans on Business & Human Rights

Author: Patrick Geary, UNICEF, Published on: 3 December 2015

When the UNGPs were first conceived in 2008, the UN Human Rights Council called for “special attention to persons belong to vulnerable groups, in particular children.” Sadly, after a three-year gestation period, the Guiding Principles emerged with scant reference to children...The degree to which government support for the UNGPs extends to children’s rights and business can be seen in the extent to which National Action Plans directly address the subject. To date, nearly all published NAPs mention children...Broad, overarching commitments to children’s rights are key, but should be accompanied by a firm understanding of how these will be realized in the national context. While all of these National Action Plans show movement in the right direction, no NAP to date has made clear, detailed commitments to address the full range of ways in which business impacts children...Equally, children’s views and voices have been conspicuously absent from the growing dialogue on business and human rights.

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