1989-2019: 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

30 years after its adoption, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the most ratified UN Treaty and has played a central role to improve the lives of children around the world.

The 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is a unique opportunity to put children’s rights, the Convention (along with its Optional Protocols) and its relevance for global peaceful development and co-existence high on the international agenda, to assess the status of child rights and take measures to strengthen awareness, understanding and the actual realisation of children’s rights worldwide.
It is our chance to take stock of progress until now and set in motion the further strengthening of the child rights movement in our changing global context where human rights are increasingly under threat!

Also, 2019 is the 5th Anniversary of entry into force of OPIC. This third Optional Protocol to the CRC is the first international complaints procedure giving children the possibility to claim their rights at international level. It is an important complement to the CRC to strengthen the status of children as rights holders, to ensure that children can seek redress if their rights are violated and broadening their possibility to be heard at international level. Child Rights Connect hopes for States commitments to the right of the child also translate in a wider ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure.

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The CRC Committee’s initiatives

30th anniversary logo which our Children’s Advisory Team worked on in collaboration with the CRC committee

30th anniversary logo which our Children’s Advisory Team worked on in collaboration with the CRC Committee

The CRC Committee and OHCHR will celebrate the 30th anniversary by organizing a series of activities throughout 2019 that aim to encourage States parties to renew their commitment to the Convention by putting children’s rights at the forefront of national agendas and supporting the various initiatives of its partners.

The Committee is calling for pledges by State parties!
The Committee on the Rights of the Child, together with OHCHR, is seizing the opportunity of the 30th anniversary of the CRC to call upon States to take up serious child rights commitments and actions, to resolve urgent issues hampering the realisation of children’s rights and advance positive and concrete changes to children’s lives. Member States were invited to use the template (English, French and Spanish) to be published on the Committee’s webpage as well as displayed at the Palais des Nations in November.
The Committee will monitor and follow-up on the 30th anniversary commitments in the framework of State reporting.

Child Rights Connect and the Convention: a shared story!

  • 1983

    Formation of the Ad Hoc NGO Group for the drafting of the UN CRC

    Formation of the Ad Hoc NGO Group for the drafting of the UN CRC

    January 1, 1983
    The Ad Hoc NGO Group for the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was formed with over twenty NGOs, many of whom previously lacked experience working in an international setting. This group would become the NGO Group for the CRC.
  • 1989

    Adoption of the Convention

    Adoption of the Convention

    November 20, 1989
    The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most comprehensive document on the rights of children, was adopted and opened for signature on 20 November, 30 years after the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.
  • 1990

    CRC’s entry into force

    CRC’s entry into force

    September 2, 1990
    The entry into force of the CRC on 2 September 1990.
  • 1991

    Formation of the Committee on the Rights of the Child

    Formation of the Committee on the Rights of the Child

    January 6, 1991
    The Committee on the Rights of the Child was formed following the first elections.
  • 1992

    First CRC DGD

    First CRC DGD

    May 6, 1992
    NGOs both within and outside of the NGO Group successfully lobbied the CRC Committee to devote its first General Day of Discussion to children in armed conflict
  • 1993

    First examination

    First examination

    January 6, 1993
    The Committee examined the first five State party reports and issued its first recommendations and the first NGO reports were submitted for Bolivia.
  • 1994

    First participation of children in a written submission

    First participation of children in a written submission

    January 1, 1994
    The first experience with children participating in a written submission was in the United Kingdom in 1994.
  • 1999

    First children’s meetings

    First children’s meetings

    January 6, 1999
    First children’s meetings with the CRC Commitee for Mali, India, the Netherlands
  • 2013

    30th Anniversary of Child Rights Connect

    30th Anniversary of Child Rights Connect

    January 1, 2013
    30th Anniversary of Child Rights Connect
  • 2016

    First session webcasts

    First session webcasts

    September 5, 2016
    First live webcast of sessions on the UN Web TV
  • 2016

    Implemention of the SRP

    Implemention of the SRP

    September 10, 2016
    Committee started implementing the Simplified Reporting Procedure (SRP)
  • 2018

    DGD Children’s Advisory Team

    DGD Children’s Advisory Team

    January 1, 2018
    Formation of Child Rights Connect DGD Children’s Advisory Team
  • 2018

    First LOIPR

    First LOIPR

    June 4, 2018
    Following on its 80th pre-session, the CRC Committee has adopted for the first time the List of Issues Prior to Reporting under the Simplified Reporting Procedure for Croatia and Hungary
  • 2018

    DGD on CHRD

    DGD on CHRD

    September 28, 2018
    Day of General Discussion on Protecting and empowering children as human rights defenders organised by the CRC Committee and Child Rights Connect with unprecedented child participation
  • 2018

    Feedback survey for children’s meetings

    Feedback survey for children’s meetings

    October 1, 2018
    First children’s meetings’ survey from the CRC Committee
  • 2019

    Child-friendly CRC Convention

    Child-friendly CRC Convention

    June 1, 2019
    UNICEF-Child Rights Connect child-friendly version of the CRC Convention

The former NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child – now Child Rights Connect – has extensively influenced the drafting of the Convention, its Optional Protocols, General Comments and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Working Methods, and since its adoption has successfully contributed and advocated for its proper implementation worldwide.

In 2013, the 30th anniversary of Child Rights Connect was an opportunity both to recognise the successes of the past and to propel the organisation forward to continued achievement.

Child Rights Connect will steer a series of activities with the aim to:

  1. Make the CRC and its Optional Protocols and the CRC Committee’s work more accessible to children so that they can better understand and claim their rights;
  2. Facilitate strategic and critical reflections about challenges and achievements of civil society child rights advocacy and engagement with the CRC Committee;
  3. Ensure that child participation is central to 30th anniversary celebrations to further strengthen commitments to and practice of child participation;
  4. Promote the universal ratification of the CRC and its Optional Protocols, in particular the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure (OPIC);
  5. Strengthen the historical identity of Child Rights Connect as the driver of the drafting of the CRC and the engagement of civil society in the reporting process;

30th anniversary celebrations around the world!

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Child Rights Connect will leverage the multitude of activities that its members and partners will undertake at national, regional and international level, by increasing their visibility and by strengthening their impact through connections and advice. Share any events your organization is putting together in the context of the 30th Anniversary!

Child Rights Connect is facilitating strategic and critical reflections about challenges and achievements of civil society child rights advocacy and engagement with the CRC Committee by:
– developing a study on the global status of the engagement of States, NGOs and children in the CRC reporting process to highlight gaps and the current outlook of the child rights advocacy movement;
– organising a stock-take exercise with members and key partners to discuss the findings of the study and new joint strategies to be more […]

A three-day commemorative conference is organized at the Palais des Nations on 18 to 20 November by the Association 30 ans de Droits de l’Enfant with key partners. Child Rights Connect is actively involved in the organization of the conference as well as in the facilitation of children’s participation. In particular, Child Rights Connect is invited to take part in the working group which is tasked of organizing the roundtables as well as the […]

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