Action for Children & Youth Aotearoa Inc
Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa (ACYA) began as Action for Children in Aotearoa (ACA). In 1995, the New Zealand government reported to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of the Child on New Zealand's progress in implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). The UN Committee requested a similar report from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in New Zealand. ACA prepared this report on behalf of NGOs in New Zealand and three ACA members presented the report to the UN Committee in Geneva, Switzerland in 1996. The ACA report commented on the government's report to the UN Committee and these comments had a significant impact on the Committee's recommendations. ACYA is the Incorporated Society which has grown out of ACA. ACYA is a coalition of non-governmental organizations, families and individuals whose purpose is to promote the well-being of children and young people in Aotearoa New Zealand through:
- education and advocacy on the rights of children and young people, and
- encouraging the Government to act on the recommendations of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The text for the Convention can be found here
Children and Youth in Aotearoa 2010
Children and Youth in Aotearoa 2010: Non-Governmental Organisations Alternative Periodic Report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Click here.
Report on the Optional Protocol on Children in Armed Conflict
List of issues concerning additional and updated information related to
the combined third and fourth periodic report of New Zealand. Click here.
Children and Youth in Aotearoa 2003
Children and Youth in Aotearoa 2003 - ACYA prepared a report from non-governmental organisations on New Zealand's compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). This report, titled Children and Youth in Aotearoa 2003, looks at how New Zealand has been doing in all law, policies and practices that affect children and youth under the age of 18 years. The report went to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. See pdf file here.
Executive report of Children and Youth in Aotearoa to the UN 2003
Other ACYA reports to the United Nations. Click here.
Below is a short list of recent submissions the ACYA has made to a variety of national and international governmental organizations on behalf of children (the full list can be found here):
- Right to Justice (Oct 2010)
- The Rights of Children and Young People (September 2010)
- Right to Education (August 2010)
- Tobacco Display (May 2010)
- School Children in Paid Employment 2009 (Apr 2010)