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International relations

The Ombudsman for Children in Norway cooperates with government bodies, UNICEF and NGOs in several countries to advocate for the concept of an independent body that monitors and promotes children’s rights on a national level in accordance with the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. This work is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As the world’s first Ombudsman for Children, the Norwegian Ombudsman is often asked to explain the Norwegian model and to share experiences on monitoring and promoting children’s rights. The requests come from NGO’s, UNICEF, Norwegian embassies, governments and other stakeholders. Yearly, many delegations from other countries visit the Ombudsman’s office. For many years, the Ombudsman has, in turn, visited several countries with the aim of exchanging ideas and promoting the establishment of independent human rights institutions for children.

The Norwegian Ombudsman for Children shares experience in both bilateral dialogues and in regional and international arenas. The Ombudsman can contribute with information about:

  • structure, organization and key elements for independent national monitoring institutions on children’s rights
  • methods on how to promote children’s rights, including methods for involving children
  • children’s rights on selected areas where the Ombudsman has specific expertise, such as bullying, violence against children, health care and juvenile justice

For more information about the international project, please contact the Norwegian Ombudsman for Children, Head of International Relations, Anders Cameron at apc@barneombudet.no or post@barneombudet.no.

ENOC

The European Network of Ombudsmen for Children (ENOC) was formally established 1997. ENOC links independent offices for children from 33 countries in Europe.

Its aims are:

  • to encourage the fullest possible implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the child,
  • to support collective lobbying for children’s rights,
  • to share information, approaches and strategies,
  • and to promote the development of effective independent offices for children.

ENOC position statement on Children and Austerity 2014

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