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Consejos Consultivos

 

Children’s right to participation requires that the “adult world” and its institutions provide opportunities and practice every day and at every level. If children are to have an impact on public policy, space should be made available for opinion and consultation, through democratic representation. Advisory or Consultative Councils are bodies that several countries in the region have implemented for the purpose of promoting child and adolescent participation in issues that affect them.

Amongst the recommendations issuing from theFirst Pan American Forum (Peru, 2009) is the creation of consultative councils at local, regional and Inter-American levels. In the words of the adolescents themselves:

“Consultative Councils should be created at local, regional, national and Inter-American levels, so that the words, opinions, needs and proposals of children, including children with special abilities and needs, are included in the design and implementation of public policies to be executed by the highest authorities.”
Chile
Chile
Colombia
Colombia
Ecuador
Ecuador
El Salvador
El Salvador
Panamá
Panama
Perú
Peru
Uruguay
Uruguay

Organized Youth and Children’s Groups

Organized groups refer to other forms of national organization in which children and adolescents participate in some countries in the region. For our purposes, we refer to them as Consultative Councils.

Bolivia
Bolivia
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
México
Mexico
Paraguay
Paraguay