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Committee on the Rights of the Child concludes 62nd session


Source: United Nations Office at Geneva

Adopts Concluding Observations and Recommendations on Reports from Guyana, United States, Malta, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niue, Philippines and Slovakia.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child today concluded its sixty-second session and adopted its concluding observations and recommendations on the reports presented by Guyana, United States, Malta, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niue, Philippines and Slovakia under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its two Optional Protocols.

The Committee’s concluding observations and recommendations will be available on the Committee’s webpage at the following link next week.

During the session, Guyana presented its combined second to fourth periodic report under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Malta and Guinea presented their second periodic reports under the Convention, and Niue presented its initial report under the Convention. The United States presented its second periodic report under the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict and under the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. Burkina Faso and Slovakia presented their initial reports under the two Optional Protocols, and the Philippines presented its initial report under the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

The Committee also adopted four General Comments during the session on the right of the child to have his/her interests assessed and taken as a primary consideration; the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health; the rights of the child on state obligations regarding the impact of business enterprises on children’s rights; and the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities. In addition, the Committee adopted the rules of procedures for the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure.

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