Children and Citizenship offers a contemporary and critical approach to the central debates around notions of children’s citizenship. Drawing on different disciplinary perspectives and including contributions by leading scholars in the field, this book makes explicit connections between theoretical approaches, representations of childhood, and the experiences of children themselves, legal instruments, policies, and their implementation. The book contains reflections on the notion of children’s citizenship in general as well as in relation to international instruments, in particular the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the case law of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), and EU legislation relating to citizenship and children’s rights.
Chapter 6: Children as ‘Citizens’ of the United Nations (UN)
Children as ‘Citizens’ of the United Nations (UN)
A political romance about children arose in the last two decades of the twentieth century, placing increasing pressure on the organizers of meetings about, or on behalf of, children to include ‘children's voices’ in the proceedings or lose any claim to credibility (Ennew, 2000). Children's presence now provides a generally spurious authenticity to adult-organized events of many kinds, particularly where these are high profile, international gatherings, even though children's actual roles are often extremely restricted (Hart, 1997).
This chapter examines children's presence in some global UN meetings since 1990, as well as examples of children's citizenship actions in UN's contexts. I ask what it might mean for children to be regarded ...