UN High-Level Political Forum 2024! SDG16: Accelerating Progress to Achieve Justice for Children

The Working Group on SDG16+ Justice for Children

UN High-Level Political Forum 2024 Official Side Event SDG16: Accelerating Progress to Achieve Justice for Children Leveraging Innovations to Close the Justice Gap

Register for the Official Side Event to the UN High-Level Political Forum - ‘SDG16: Accelerating Progress to Achieve Justice for Children - Leveraging Innovations to Close the Justice Gap.’

This Side Event serves as a Preparatory Meeting for the 2025 World Congress on Justice With Children, and informs the Committee on the Rights of the Child’s General Comment No. 27 on children’s rights to access to justice and effective remedies.

  • Date: Wednesday, July 10th 2024 
  • Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm (EDT)
  • Location: New York City, USA (with hybrid attendance 10:00-11:00am)




This hybrid event takes place in New York, USA between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm (EDT) on Wednesday 10 July 2024, with registration and coffee available from 09:30. Those attending in-person are encouraged to attend the full event. The High-Level session (only) will have hybrid access.

The event will be hosted in three parts, building from one session to the next: 


  • High-Level session on SDG 16.2 and 16.3, focused on national actions to achieve Agenda 2030 (10:00 – 11:00 am EDT, hybrid session)

  • Experiential Learning Simulation and Debrief session (11:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT, in-person session, light lunch provided)

  • Consultation on Local Game-changing Innovations that Deliver Access to Justice (1:00 - 3:00 pm EDT, in-person session)


You’ll hear from governments, outlining their efforts to measure and understand the justice gap and their gamechangers to help close it; young people, presenting their experiences working in intergenerational justice partnerships; and multilateral organisations, profiling their work on policy and practice innovations that promote child-friendly justice, and the evidence and data required to drive this change.




Access to justice for children is increasingly recognised as an essential building block for a sustainable future. This Side Event will profile strategies that are delivering innovative policies and practices, and closing the vast justice gap that children face, to create an equitable future for all. It aims to:


  • Leverage knowledge of practice and systems innovations across regions and contexts, to accelerate progress to achieve justice for children . 

  • Shine a spotlight on national government leadership action on children’s justice issues, to promote a strategic, collaborative approach across governments and civil society. 

  • Inform the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s emergent General Comment No. 27, by contributing access to justice game-changers. 


Registration Information:


Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive an email with full attendance details one week prior to the event taking place. In the meantime, please direct any queries to iicf-justice4children@strath.ac.uk.