Thirty Years of
Children’s Rights

The Association “30 Years of Children’s Rights” is a Geneva-based, not-for-profit, non-political and secular NGO founded on the initiative of Dr. h.c. Jean Zermatten, the first Swiss member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and a former Juvenile Court judge, and Prof. Philip Jaffé, a Swiss member – elected in June 2018 – of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and Director of the Interfaculty Centre for Children’s Rights at the University of Geneva.

The association’s goals are

  • To mark 30 years since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in partnership with the major public- and private-sector players in the field at international, national, canton and municipal level;
  • To promote respect for and the application of children’s rights, by setting up a series of scientific, cultural, recreational and leisure events based on children’s rights, taking place in the city and canton of Geneva;
  • To highlight the information, awareness-raising, promotion and training work relating to children’s rights undertaken by the Republic and Canton de Geneva, the City of Geneva and the University of Geneva, in- and outside Switzerland;
  • To raise the profile of the work of NGOs based in the Lake Geneva region that are active in the field of children’s rights in- and outside Switzerland.

The bodies that are stakeholders in the NGO include the Republic and Canton of Geneva, the City of Geneva and the University of Geneva, along with a number of key civil society organisations and bodies involved in protecting and defending children.

See the Articles of Association of the Association “30 Years of Children’s Rights”