Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations (ACOUN) - Children's Rights


Children with emphasis on the Girl Child

The UN declared 2001 to 2010 the “Decade for a culture of peace and non-violence for the children of the world”. The office coordinated the delegation of children sent to the 2002 Special General Assembly for children’s issues where they publicly stated their need to develop “a World Fit for Children.” A plan of action was adopted by the Anglican Consultative Council at its 2002 meeting in Hong Kong (ACC-XII). This includes financial and other support directed to children as the most vulnerable in society and disproportionately impacted by all development issues.

The focus is:

  • Children under special circumstances especially in conflict and war including child soldiers
  • To support orphans especially those in child headed households
  • To advocate against child labour
  • To promote the dignity and life of girls impacted by tourism and fashion/vogue industries
  • To monitor progress on Child related MDG Goals
  • Eliminating early marriages/pregnancy and bad cultural practices
  • To address MDG 1, 2 and 4, the Office is using the Sunday school concept to develop partnerships for holistic Early Childhood Development (ECD) to include nutrition, healthcare, parenting, psycho-social support and safe play.

Documents - Resources

  • Adolescent Girls-The Cornerstone of Society: Building Evidence and Policies for Inclusive Societies
    The following are reflections from the 5th Annual International Conference co-sponsored by UNICEF and the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School. This conference addressed the topic: "Adolescent Girls-The Cornerstone of Society: Building Evidence and Policies for Inclusive Societies." The main ideas stressed involve the importance of the empowerment and education of adolescent girls, and their potential roles in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and reducing poverty in developing nations.
  • Consultation on Human Trafficking with a Focus on Children in Asia
    3 to 6 November 2009: Women and men from around the Anglican Communion gathered in Hong Kong for a four-day consultation on the human trafficking of children, with a particular focus on the girl child in Asia. The consultation was organised by the Office of the Anglican United Nations Observer and was supported by a grant from the Archbishop of Canterbury, with accommodtion, board, and ground transportation generously provided by the Primate of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, Archbishop Paul Kwong. Documents from the consultation, including country reports, theological reflections, examples of churches' best practice and presentations by experts from the United Nations and ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) are available here:-