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United Nations

CRC/SP/44



Convention on the
Rights of the Child


Distr.: General

19 November 2012

English

Original: English/French/Spanish


Meeting of States Parties

Fourteenth meeting

New York, 18 December 2012

Item 5 of the provisional agenda

Election of nine members of the Committee on the

Rights of the Child in accordance with article 43

of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

as amended (see General Assembly resolution 50/155)

Election of nine members of the Committee to replace those whose terms are due to expire on 28 February 2013

Note by the Secretary-General*

1. In conformity with article 43 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Fourteenth Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention will be convened by the Secretary-General at United Nations Headquarters on Tuesday, 18 December 2012, for the purpose of electing nine members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child from a list of persons nominated by States parties, to replace those whose terms are due to expire on 28 February 2013 (see annex I). The names of the other nine members who will continue to serve on the Committee until 28 February 2015 appear in annex II.

2. In accordance with the procedure set out in article 43, paragraph 4, of the Convention, the Secretary-General, in a note verbale dated 6 July 2012, invited the States parties to submit their nominations for the election of nine members of the Committee within two months. All the curricula vitae received by 6 September 2012 are included in the present document.

3. In compliance with the provisions of article 43, paragraph 4, of the Convention, the Secretary-General has the honour to list below, in alphabetical order, the names of the persons nominated for election to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, indicating the States parties which have nominated them. Biographical data of the persons nominated, as furnished by the States parties concerned, are contained in annex III to the present document and its appendix.


Name of candidate

Nominated by

Ms. Suzanne Aho Assouma

Togo

Ms. Amal Aldoseri

Bahrain

Ms. Fareeda Abdulla Al Obaidly

Qatar

Ms. Sara de Jesús Oviedo Fierro

Ecuador

Mr. Peter Guran

Slovakia

Ms. Olga A. Khazova

Russian Federation

Mr. Benyam Dawit Mezmur

Ethiopia

Ms. Yasmeen Muhamad Shariff

Malaysia

Mr. Wanderlino Nogueira Neto

Brazil

Ms. Maria Rita Parsi

Italy

Mr. Awich Pollar

Uganda

Mr. Edward Bandawe Twea

Malawi

Ms. Kamla Devi Varmah


Mauritius

Ms. Renate Winter

Austria

Ms. Hariguietta Congo/Zongo

Burkina Faso

Annexes

Annex I

Members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child whose terms expire on 28 February 2013

Name of member

Country of nationality

Ms. Hadeel Al-Asmar

Syrian Arab Republic

Mr. Peter Guran

Slovakia

Mr. Sanphasit Koompraphant

Thailand

Ms. Yanghee Lee

Republic of Korea

Ms. Marta Maurás Pérez

Chile

Ms. Pilar Nores

Peru

Mr. Awich Pollar

Uganda

Ms. Kamla Devi Varmah

Mauritius


Mr. Jean Zermatten

Switzerland

Annex II

Members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child whose terms expire on 28 February 2015

Name of member

Country of nationality

Ms. Agnes Akosua Aidoo

Ghana

Ms. Aseil Al-Shehail

Saudi Arabia

Mr. Jorge Cardona Llorens

Spain

Mr. Bernard Gastaud

Monaco

Ms. Maria Herczog

Hungary

Mr. Hatem Kotrane

Tunisia

Mr. Gehad Madi

Egypt

Ms. Kirsten Sandberg

Norway

Ms. Hiranthi Wijemanne

Sri Lanka

Annex III

Biographical data of nominees


Suzanne Aho Assouma (Togo)

Date and place of birth: 12 August 1952 in Saigon, Viet Nam

Working languages: French/English

Current position/function: Deputy Mayor of the City of Lomé

Main professional activities

Responsible for women’s and children’s issues, the issuance of birth and other civil status certificates, cooperation with twin cities, disputes, marriages, awareness campaigns focusing on the rights of children (lost and abandoned children, children in conflict with the law, HIV/AIDS orphans, abused and exploited children). All child-related cases are referred to me. I am also in charge of the sociocultural activities of the Juvenile Division.

Informal discussions about children’s rights in schools. I also assist women whose children have been abandoned by their fathers to take court action. In addition, we conduct associative activities and have set up the Girls’ Schooling Committee, which also addresses the needs of girls in Vodun convents.

Educational background

Awarded a degree in social work in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, following completion of primary school in Benin and Paris and secondary school in Benin, Togo and Corrèze in France. Awarded the baccalaureate A4.


Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned

I have participated in the struggle to promote and protect the rights of abandoned children for over 30 years. 1979: Staff member of the Division for the Protection and Promotion of Young People of the General Directorate for Social Affairs of Togo. I set up the Social Services Unit of the Court of Lomé and served as its head for 15 years.

1993: Director of the Department for the Protection and Promotion of the Family and Children of the Ministry of Social Affairs. In view of the absence of a Children’s Code and the general lack of familiarity with the existing laws on the subject, I embarked on a research project that led to the compilation of those provisions in a volume entitled De la protection des enfants mineurs dans la législation togolaise (“On the protection afforded to children under Togolese law”). My approach to the protection of children is an inclusive one which takes into account the situation of families in distress and the particular situations of refugee families and of families who are caring for older adults. Member of the Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child of the African Union.

1997: I presented the initial report of Togo to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva.


List of most recent publications in the relevant subject area

Author of a number of pamphlets, compendiums and documentaries, including:



  • De la protection des enfants mineurs dans la législation togolaise (On the protection afforded to children under Togolese law)

  • Le calvaire des petites bonnes au Togo (The dire situation of girls working as domestic servants in Togo)

  • La Convention Relative aux droits de l’Enfant racontée aux enfants par les enfants (The Convention on the Rights of the Child as explained to children by children)

  • “Aguegue” or “l’Aventure” (The trafficking of children)

  • A documentary film on the Trokosi system, under which girls are handed over as slaves to fetish priests

Amal Salman Aldoseri (Bahrain)

Date and place of birth: 22 December 1959, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

Working languages: Fluent Arabic and English, good command of French and first certificate in German

Current position/function

Adviser to the President, General Organization for Youth and Sport. In charge of strategic planning for young people living in Bahrain in all fields, including human rights and civic participation.



Active member of the National Committee for Childhood, heading the team to draft the first National Child Strategy and plan of action.

Main professional activities

  • Headed a professional team to draft the “Child Law” in accordance with the CRC, which has been enforced as of August 2012
  • Manager of the first National Youth Strategy 2005–2009 and the update 2011–2015, including young people’s participation and rights


  • Manager of National Child Strategy in Bahrain and Action Plan 2012–2016

  • Manager of Situation Analysis Report (Sit-An) 2003 and 2011, focusing on the challenges facing children in all fields, most importantly the legal gaps in the Bahraini law

  • Project Manager of Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey – MICS, in coordination with UNICEF

  • Engaged in developing Bahrain’s initial, second and third country report on CRC and delegation member to the discussion of the reports in Geneva

  • Participated and lectured in various workshops on CRC, Women and youth

Educational background

  • B.A., double major English Literature and translation, Kuwait University, 1979

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Bahrain University 1987

  • Master in Education, Sheffield University UK, 1995

  • Course in “Innovation in Governance”, School of Government, Harvard University, 2005

Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned

  • Initiated dialogue and lobbied to incorporate the CRC in the school curricula with Ministry of Education

  • Founder and manager of Bahrain Youth Parliament (age group 14–19 years)

  • Founder of Y-PEER Education – Bahrain, the first and only in the region, in coordinating with UNFPA to educate and train young trainers on sexual and reproductive health
  • Recognized trainer on capacity-building and development of youth, children and women (UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, League of Arab States (LAS))


  • Lead organizer of the Arab Child Festival

  • Founder and president of Short Story for Children Competition to encourage writers and new young writers to produce storybooks for children

  • Lead organizer of the first Child Theatre Festival

  • Vice-President of International Council on National Youth Policy (ICNYP), Vienna

  • Board member of World Leisure Organization (WLO), USA

  • Member of non-profit Bahrain Society for Child Development, and member of Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Centre for speech and hearing, helping children with hearing disabilities

List of most recent publications

  • “Child and Law in Bahrain”, 2003

  • “Children’s Books in Public Libraries”, survey, 2003

  • “Children’s Programmes in G.C.C. Television Channels”, survey, 2002

Fareeda Abdulla Al Obaidly (Qatar)

Date and place of birth: Doha – 1956

Working languages: Arabic – English

Current position/function: General Director, Qatar Foundation for Child and Women Protection

Main professional activities

  • Supervise and follow-up of all cases handled by the organization with regards to child and woman and ensure each case is dealt with appropriately

  • Direct the preparation of the necessary studies and researches related to the functions of the child and woman protection

  • Represent the organization in conferences, symposiums and meetings related to the functions of the child and woman protection, in order to raise the awareness about the child and woman rights within the society
  • Propose and initiate the formation of committees and specialized work teams related to study of cases aimed to protect the child and woman


  • Review existing legislation to ensure their compliance with constitutional mandates, national policies and international standards, and monitoring the full, adequate and effective implementation of laws criminalizing violence against women and children and protecting victims of violence, exploitation and abuse

  • Raising public awareness and outreach about the dangers of domestic and social violence through different types of media for sharing society

  • Training and Capacities Building for government officials and non-government, especially police officers, health-care providers, social workers on how to interview, interact, and engage with target groups

  • Publishing guidelines and booklets on various issues related to rights of women and children especially their rights in accordance with international law, violence against women and children causes and responses, the vulnerable populations, best practices and comparative models

  • Establishment of an anonymous helping service for victims of violence of different services including legal services, psychological services, counselling, treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration

  • Coordination with local authorities, government agencies, and international organizations rights for the purpose of training programmes, mutual projects and exchange of information for the common goal of creating a more secure society for women and children

Educational background

  • Master’s degree in Educational Leadership – Georges Mayson University – USA Year 1996

  • Bachelors of Art in History – Literature Faculty – Beirut Arab University 1976

Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned


  • Member of the State of Qatar Committee to prepare the report on the execution of the child rights convention 2012

  • Member in the National Committee of the State of Qatar to prepare and present its national report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, February 2010

  • Member of the Qatari national committee to prepare a report on the execution of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, Supreme Council for Family Affairs – 2009

  • Member in a committee to discuss Qatar first report submitted under article 44 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Geneva – 2009.

  • Member in the Committee against Violence – Supreme Council of Family Affairs – 2007

  • Member in a committee on the involvement of children in armed conflicts, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2007 – Qatar

  • Member of Qatar delegation to discuss the Optional Protocol on Child Rights – Geneva 2006

  • Member of committee to prepare the Qatari response on the Committee on the Rights of the Child observations, to be discussed during the forty-second session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Geneva 2006

  • Member in a Committee on the (Law violating parents who prevent their children from education and the means to prevent the society from its negative impact)

  • Member in a team on establishing the social protection strategy – Ministry of Social Affairs

List of most recent publication in the field

Regularly writing articles that are related to the child and women’s rights in the local newspapers.


Sara de Jesús Oviedo Fierro (Ecuador)


Place and date of birth: Chambo-Chimborazo, Ecuador, 28 July 1952

Working languages: English

Current position/function


  • Executive Secretary of the National Council for Children and Adolescents

  • Lead Representative of Ecuador before the Inter-American Institute for Children and Adolescents

Main professional activities

  • Input for the National Indigenous Movement

  • Input for the National Women’s Movement

  • Organization and strengthening of child development services in Ecuador

  • Formation of the decentralized National System for the Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents

  • Input for the initiative to strengthen the Inter-American Institute for Children and Adolescents

  • Participation in national and international meetings focusing on means of strengthening the national child protection system

Academic degrees

University studies: Universidad Central del Ecuador

Licenciatura in Sociology and Political Science

Doctorado in Sociology and Political Science

Postgraduate studies: 1990 Course in social project design, evaluation and management organized by CONADE-UNICEF-UNDP- UNESCO-ILPES

1994 Postgraduate course in economic and social policy organized by ILDIS-UNICEF-Universidad Católica

2002 Course on logical frameworks and the associated evaluation system

2012 Advanced in-service training course on youth and society in Latin America organized by the Latin American Faculty of Social Science (FLACSO)


Other main activities in the field relevant to the treaty body concerned


  • Community children’s programmes (MBS-UNICEF), General Coordinator, July 1984–April 1986

  • Child Development Programme, INNFA, National Technical Coordinator, January 1989–April 1991

  • Child Development Programme, INNFA (coverage: 120,000 children), National Technical Coordinator, 1989–1991

  • National Alternative Preschool Education Programme, Adviser

  • Nuestros Niños (“our children”) Programme, Consultant, January–December 2002

  • Child Rescue Operation, Consultant, April–December 2003

  • Institutional consolidation of the National Council for Children and Adolescents, including the approval of its budget and by-laws, as the lead public policy agency in the field

  • Consolidation of the Central Authority of Ecuador and its role in the implementation of international instruments

  • Building bridges with other agencies within the National System for the Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents: National Council of the Judiciary, National Directorate of Special Police for Children and Adolescents, Ombudsman’s Office, Public Prosecution Service of Ecuador

Most recent publications in the field:
  • Article entitled “Los grandes aprendizajes y retos del movimiento de defensa de los derechos humanos de la niñez y adolescencia en el Ecuador 1990–2008” (Major lessons learned and challenges for the children’s human rights movement in Ecuador, 1990–2008) which was published in the book entitled “Derechos y garantías de la niñez y adolescencia: Hacia la consolidación de la doctrina de protección integral” (Children’s rights and safeguards: Towards the consolidation of the doctrine of comprehensive protection)


  • Derechos Humanos de Niñez y Adolescencia para Docentes. Experiencia en Pichincha (Children’s human rights for teachers. An experience in Pichincha)

  • Código de la Niñez y Adolescencia (Code on Children and Adolescents)

  • Operations manual for mobile units: training, procedures, technical assistance, financial management, health and nutrition workbook, learn-by-playing workbook, student projects, national preschool education programme



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