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

#ChildRightsEnvironment: Inviting children to complete Children and Young People’s online questionnaire that will help shape the general comment on children’s rights and the environment with a special focus on climate change from 31 March to 30 June 2022

Launch of Joint CRC/CRPD Statement on the Rights of Children with Disabilities (21 March 2022 from 10:00 to 11:00 CET)
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- Statement

20 YEARS SINCE THE COMING INTO FORCE OF THE OPTIONAL PROTOCOL TO THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD ON THE SALE OF CHILDREN, CHILD PROSTITUTION AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
23 March 2022, Online (via Zoom) 08:00 NYC, 13:00 Geneva, 21:00 Tokyo (duration: 90 min)

90th Session (3 May to 3 June 2022)

91st Session (29 August to 23 September 2022)

93 Pre-Sessional Working Group 26 September to 30 September 2022

Information on the Coronavirus at the UN in Geneva


Recent Events and Developments

During its 89th session and 26th session respectively, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) adopted a Joint Statement on the Rights of Children with Disabilities. The statement is available here

#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

#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

CEDAW_CRC Afghanistan statement

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