General Comments

The Committee produces General Comments to explain the rights contained in the CRC and its Optional Protocols and provide guidance with respect to particular issues. General Comments are key standards that help States improve both the way they write their reports and the way they implement the treaties.

Child Rights Connect raises awareness and promotes the use of General Comments, monitors the development of new General Comments and coordinates substantive inputs from our members to ensure progress of the standards. We also advocate for meaningful inclusion of children’s views in all General Comments and provide advice to the Committee and other stakeholders on how to do this meaningfully. 

The Committee works on the development of a new General Comment or the updating of an old one once at a time. The Committee is currently revising its General Comment N. 10 on juvenile justice and will start developing a new one on digital media and children’s rights once the updating of N. 10 will be completed.

  • To learn more about General Comments and get advice on how to engage, read our FactsheetEnglishEspañolFrançais 
  • To read the Committee’s General Comments, visit the Committee’s webpage 

To produce its General Comments, the Committee invites all interested parties to submit their ideas of themes, comment on the concept note and submit contributions. 

In 2020, the Committee recorded a video message addressed to the children who participated in consultations for the General Comment No.25 on digital environment. Consultations were carried out with more than 700 children from 26 countries – 6 continents! This is a very good practice of the Committee providing feedback to children and their supporting organisations on how their views and inputs are valued and used! 

Video: Children Consultation thanks from UN Committee members

Next General Comment

The Committee on the Rights of the Child will dedicate its next General Comment No. 26 to children’s rights and the environment with a special focus on climate change. Read our news piece. 

The General Comment will provide authoritative guidance on how children’s rights are impacted by the environmental crisis and what States must do to uphold these rights. 

Over the coming months, the Committee will consult with States, experts, interested parties, and especially hundreds of children to produce its General Comment. We encourage you to monitor the Committee’s webpage to stay tuned! 

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