Velina Todorova Becomes Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Source: Bulgarian National Network for Children

1 July 2016

The Bulgarian candidate for member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Velina Todorova was elected in the late hours of yesterday in New York. The news was officially confirmed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Daniel Mitov, who characterized the victory as “compelling “.

This is the first nomination of Bulgaria, which was announced in April at the High Level Conference on the Rights of the Child. As a member of the Board of the Bulgarian Center for Non-Profit Law, Assoc. Prof. Velina Todorova received full support. The team of BCNL initiated many meetings to present the contribution of Assoc. Prof. Todorova as expert in the field of children’s rights. Assoc. Prof. Todorova received broad support from the NGO sector in the country and the international community.
PhD Velina Todorova is Assoc. Prof. of Civil and Family Law at the Law Faculty of Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendasrski”. Assoc. Prof. Todorova is an expert with more than 20 – years’ experience in the field of children’s rights – child labor, domestic violence, rights of children with disabilities, juvenile justice, etc.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the main UN body to monitor the execution of the Convention on the Rights of the child. Founded in 1991, it includes 18 Independent experts from different countries. Through its monitoring functions, the Committee helps Member States also to interpret the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in order to develop and implement state policy, related to the commitments under the Convention.