International advocacy

StreetInvest has championed the rights of street-connected children, and specifically the role of a trustworthy adult Street Worker, at the United Nations. StreetInvest campaigned for and helped draft the United Nations General Comment No. 21 on Children in Street Situations. 

“ Types of care include: practical and moral support to children on the streets, through a trustworthy adult street worker or peer support, without requiring or coercing children to renounce their street connections and/or move into alternative accommodation."

Article 20 on the right to special protection and assistance for children deprived of a family environment; United Nations general comment No. 21 on the rights of children in street situations, 2016

What is the General Comment No. 21?

General Comments are published by United Nations treaty bodies, to interpret and provide guidance on human rights treaties. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the key piece of international law on children’s rights. It describes what children need to survive, grow and reach their potential in life.

The General Comment on Children in Street Situations lays out how the Convention applies to street-connected children. Its publication was a historical moment for street children, as it is the first piece of international law to concern them.

What’s next?

We are working with our local partners to influence governments to adhere to the General Comment and inform their policies concerning street children on a national level.