Investment in Children
States need to invest in children to realise their rights as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols.
States need to allocate sufficient resources for children in their budgets and spend these resources well. They are also required to use the budget as a tool to address inequalities among children. They need to maximize domestic resources available to invest in children when necessary within the framework of international cooperation. Children and adults should have meaningful opportunities to participate in budgetary and other fiscal processes and hold states to account based on access to relevant budget and other information.
Despite this insufficient, inequitable and ineffective public resource mobilization, allocation and spending remain one of the biggest barriers to the effective realisation of children’s rights in many countries.
The Working Group on Investment in Children promotes public investment in the realisation of children’s rights through UN human rights treaty bodies and mechanisms, including the Human Rights Council (HRC) and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, as well as other key institutions.