Committee on the Rights of the Child welcomes opportunity to submit comments on the draft convention on the right to development

Date: 14th March 2022
Category: Reporting to and monitoring the UNCRC

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Since the adoption of the Declaration on the Right to Development 35 years ago, the Committee notes that little progress has been made in clarifying the contents of the right to development. This draft convention provides a chance to resolve some of the right to development's conceptual and implementation issues.

In this light, the Committee offers (preliminary) remarks with the goal of advancing the protection of children's rights provided by the draft convention. It is critical that the draft convention provides due attention to children's rights, not only from the perspective of children, but also in terms of the core aspects of the treaty as it stands. The Committee would be delighted to engage in a discussion about integrating a child rights perspective in the draft convention with the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development, the Drafting Group, and other relevant actors. It is also critical that children have the opportunity to participate in the convention on the right to development's drafting process and express their opinions.