Global Need for Birth Registration & the U.S. Government Response
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Please RSVP to Andrea (firstname.lastname@example.org). Lunch will be provided.
A fundamental right for children under the Convention on the Rights of the Child is the right to birth registration. Unfortunately, over 50 million worldwide remain unregistered. Lack of birth registration is more than just a record. Children without birth registration are at increased risk of being denied social services like education and health and are at a higher risk of early marriage, illegal adoption, military recruitment, child labor, and trafficking.
While the US Government has stepped up its work on birth registration, there is a lack of understanding and coordination among government departments within the US Government on what each is doing to support birth registration.
InterAction will hold a panel discussion bringing together several departments within the US government to both help map current initiatives underway across departments and to identify areas of collaboration and gaps needing to be filled. NGOs working on birth registration will also present their knowledge and efforts to combat unregistered births and demonstrate methods that support joint coordination across sectors that benefit and promote birth registration. Questions that the event will explore include:
-Why is it important that birth registration takes place?
-What is the USG doing on birth registration? How is the USG coordinating across departments?
-What programs are NGOs currently implementing to address unregistered births? How is the USG supporting these efforts?
-How are humanitarian organizations combating unregistered births in contexts of conflict and emergencies; and how are these approaches different from development contexts?