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Open-ended Working Group on an optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

First session

In pursuance of paragraph 3 of resolution A/HRC/RES/11/1, the first session of the working group was held from 14 to 18 December 2009, in Room XX of the Palais des Nations (Geneva).


Title Languages
Report of the open-ended working group A/HRC/13/43English - French - Spanish - Russian - Chinese - Arabic
Provisional agendaEnglish - FrenchArabic
Programme of work English 
Submission made by expert Ms. Nevena Vučković  English 
Submission made by expert Mr. Peter Newell English 
Submission made by expert Ms. Najat Maalla M'jid English 
Submission made by expert Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro English 
Submission made by expert Jean Zermatten English 
Submission made by expert Yanghee Lee  English 
Submission made by expert Marta Santos Pais English 
Submission made by ENOC  English 
Joint Submission presented by International Catholic Child Bureau (ICCB)*, International Save the Children Alliance*, Kindernothilfe*, Plan International, Inc.*, SOS Children's Villages International*, International Federation Terre des Hommes (IFTDH)*, World Vision International *, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)* and the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN), the Global Initiative to End Corporal Punishment, the NGO Group for the CRC, Youth Empowerment Alliance, Inc.  English

Background documents

Title Languages
General Comment n° 12: The right of the child to be heardEnglish - French - Spanish - Russian - Chinese  - Arabic
General Comment n° 10: Children’s rights in Juvenile JusticeEnglish - French - Spanish -Russian -  Chinese - Arabic
Comparative summary of existing communications and inquiry procedures and practices under international human rights instruments and under the United Nations system: Report of the Secretary - General (E/CN.4/2005/WG.23/2)
English - French - Spanish - Russian - Chinese - Arabic -
Complaint Procedures (Rev.1)English - French - Spanish - Russian - Chinese - Arabic
Complaint Procedures (Rev.1) CorrigendumArabic
General comments n° 5 General measures of implementation for the Convention on the Rights of the ChildEnglish


The working group is open-ended. This means that all UN Member and Observer States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations with ECOSOC consultative status may attend public meetings of the working group.