COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the body of 18 Independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties. It also monitors implementation of two Optional Protocols to the Convention, on involvement of children in armed conflict and on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. On 19 December 2011, the UN General Assembly approved a third Optional Protocol on a communications procedure, which will allow individual children to submit complaints regarding specific violations of their rights under the Convention and its first two optional protocols. The Protocol entered into force in April 2014.

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Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Status of ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child 

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See the map on ratifications (PDF) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, or its three Optional Protocols: on the involvement of children in armed conflict; on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography; and on a communications procedure

Upcoming Events

89th session of the CRC
As a result of unprecedented rise of COVID-19/Omicron cases, the OHCHR has evaluated that the 89th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child due to start on 17 January 2022 is not possible in an in-person format. The Committee is currently in the process of consultation with the OHCHR/UNOG concerning the new dates. Further announcements will be made as soon as the decision is taken.

#ChildRightsEnvironment: Submissions for global online consultation due 15 February 2022. Applications for Children’s Advisory Team due 16 January 2022.

Information on the Coronavirus at the UN in Geneva

Recent Events and Developments

#ChildRightsEnvironment: Launch of concept note, website and consultations for the development of draft general comment on children’s rights and the environment with a special focus on climate change

Alliance-CERI-CRC joint statement on the World Children’s Day 2021: The Centrality of Children in Climate Action (Word)
19 November 2021

#WorldChildrensDay: The Committee calls on all the children across the globe to participate in the work of the #CRC: "Your voices matter. We support your activism. We will promote child rights mainstreaming with you at the center."
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19 November 2021

CEDAW-CRC Joint Statement: Ensuring prevention, protection and assistance for children born of conflict related rape and their mothers (Word)
19 November 2021

CEDAW/CRC Joint Statement on the Occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child (PDF)
11 October 2021

Open letter on climate change

Statement by Mikiko Otani Chair of the Committee on the Rights of the Child at the 76th session of the General Assembly

88th Session (06 Sep 2021 - 24 Sep 2021)

Day of General Discussion: "Children’s Rights and Alternative Care" 16 - 17 September 2021

CEDAW_CRC Afghanistan statement

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child commits to a new General Comment on children’s rights and the environment with a special focus on climate change
@GCenvironment

ILO and the Committee on the Rights of the Child call for urgent action to protect children’s rights and accelerate progress towards eliminating child labour by 2025  

Video-statement by the CRC Chair for the 2020 World Children’s Day

New individual complaints form and guidance note
Form (Word): English | Français | русский | Español
Guidance (Word): English | Français | русский | Español

General Comment No. 25 on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment

CRC COVID-19 Statement

Latest News

Information for children

Information for children

CRC 30 years

Celebrating 30 years of the convention on the Rights of the Child

Country-specific information