The Youth Affairs Network of Queensland (YANQ) has been granted the much sought after accolade of 'Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council', recognising the organisation's research and advocacy work as world class.
YANQ was defunded by the Queensland Government in December 2012 as part of their deep cuts to youth services across the state.
YANQ committee member Debbie Kilroy has today praised the work of the organisation, saying:
"YANQ has been a strong and consistent voice on the rights of young people and youth workers in Queensland for nearly 25 years."
"Despite being defunded, the youth sector peak has remained committed to its advocacy and research role and has enjoyed strong support from its members across the state."
"This comes at a time when the Queensland Government is cracking down on the rights of young people and funneling money out of frontline jobs that support young people who are doing it tough."
One of the key areas that YANQ works in is pushing for legislation that meets key international conventions, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC). The Queensland Goverment has been under repeated fire for its existing and new youth justice legislation in United Nations reports, from the Australian National Children's Commissioner and from human rights organisations.
The Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie is on record saying that "we ought not sign up to any more United Nation conventions because we do it pretty good in Queensland".
The Youth Affairs Network of Queensland will use its Special Consultative Status to raise awareness around legislation relating to young people's issues that does not meet international human rights conventions.
For more information or interviews, please contact Debbie Kilroy on 0419 762 474.