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/13/43 English - French - Spanish - Russian - Chinese - Arabic
Provisional agenda English - 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 heard English - French - Spanish - Russian - Chinese  - Arabic
General Comment n° 10: Children’s rights in Juvenile Justice English - 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) Corrigendum Arabic
General comments n° 5 General measures of implementation for the Convention on the Rights of the Child English


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.