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The Global Reference Group on Accountability to Child Rights and Well-Being (GRGA), established to serve the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, is a network of expert persons and organizations that confer on accountability to child rights and well-being.

The GRGA has over thirty members worldwide, who are experts in child rights, monitoring and evaluation, including representation from the Committee on the Rights of the Child, UN agencies, international NGOs, government ministries, public health organizations, and academic institutions.

Representatives of the GRGA confer and consult generally by distance communication and at international meetings of opportunity.

The GRGA works closely with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and its Accountability Focal Group (AFG), including organizing and participating in workshops for the Committee, for example at Sion, Switzerland, in 2012, and at Annecy, France, in 2014.

The Secretariat of the GRGA is held by the International Institute for Child Rights and Development, and includes IICRD Executive Director Dr. Philip Cook, Deputy Director Dr. Stuart Hart, Lothar Krappmann (former Committee member), and Ziba Vaghri (WHO specialist in early child development, former research director for HELP, UBC).

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Team outside IICRD: 

  Agnes Aidoo, Rapporteur, Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) & International Consultant Asher Ben Arieh, International Child Indicators Society & Director, The Hebrew Institute, Jerusalem Adem Arkadas-Thibert, Child Rights and Advocacy Officer, International Children’s Center, Ankara, Turkey Assefa Bequele, Founder and Former Executive Director, African Child Policy Forum Susan Bissell, Chief, Child Protection, UNICEF Isabelle Carboni, Evaluation & Research Advisor, World Vision International Ernesto Diaz, the coordinator of the national NGO coalition for the rights of the child of the Dominican Republic, REDLAMYC Jaap Doek, Former Chairperson and member of the CRC Elisabeth Elo, Programme Effectiveness Officer, Plan International Linda Engvall, Associate Human Rights Officer, OHCHR Roisin Fegan, Child Rights Officer, Child Rights Connect Nicolas Fasel, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR Michael Furlong, Gervitz Graduate School, University of California Santa Barbara James Garbarino, Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and Founding Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago Maria Herczog, Member of CRC, Eszterhazy Karply College E. Scott Huebner, Department of Psychology, University of South Carolina Robin Kimbrough-Melton, Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect Cindy Kiro, New Zealand former Children’s Commissioner & School of Public Health, Massey University Lothar Krappman, Former CRC member, Liaison with CRC Accountability Focal Group Yanghee Lee, former Chair and member of the CRC Andrew Mawson, Chief of Child Protection, Innocenti Research Centre (IRC) Yehualashet Mekonen, Head of the African Child Observatory and Chief Statistician, African Child Policy Forum Gary B. Melton, Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence Against Children Landon Pearson, Children’s Rights Advocate and former Canadian Senator Abbie Raikes, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Eugene Roehlkepartain,  Vice President of Research & Development, Search-Institute Ruth Santisteban, Senior Advisor, Plan International Marcus Stahlhofer, Human Rights Advisor, WHO Jean Zermatten, former Chairperson and member of the CRC  

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