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Days of General Discussion
The Committee on the Rights of the Child holds a general discussion every September in Geneva on a specific article of the Convention on the Rights of the Child or related subject. These meetings provide an opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of the contents and implications of the CRC. The day of general discussion focuses on a topic selected by the Committee and is announced a year in advance of the event.
2012 Day of General Discussion
The 2012 Day of General Discussion is scheduled to take place on 28 September 2012 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The topic for this year will be 'Children in the Context of Migration'. The Committee is working to define the scope of the day's discussion; further information will be available here, as well as on the OHCHR website, in the months ahead.
Participation and Written Contributions
Representatives from governments, UN mechanisms, UN bodies and specialized agencies, NGOs, national human rights institutions as well as individual children and experts can participate in the day of general discussion.
Interested organizations or individuals may submit written contributions. Previously published materials may be submitted to the Committee but will not be distributed to participants unless made available in sufficient quantities. Contributions should give examples as to the implementation of relevant articles of the CRC, share information on best practices, assess efforts being made, identify gaps and make recommendations for action which should be taken by States parties. The Committee has prepared guidelines on the submission of information and participation in the meeting.
Submissions from NGOs, UN agencies, governments and individual experts are available online.
Recent days of general discussion
Since 1992, the Committee has held eighteen days of general discussion. The following are outcome documents from discussions held since 2003:
- The rights of indigenous children (2003)
- Implementing child rights in early childhood (2004)
- Children without parental care (2005)
- The right of the child to be heard (2006)
- Resources for the rights of the child - responsibility of states (2007)
- The right of the child to education in emergency situations (2008)
- Children of Incarcerated Parents (2011)
The final report of the 2011 DGD on Children of Incarcerated Parents (2011) is now available here.
Following each day of general discussion, the Committee adopts a series of recommendations for States parties. Earlier recommendations have called for studies to be done by the UN General Assembly (Study on Children in Armed Conflict; Study on Violence against Children) or have made proposals for drafting new international instruments (Optional Protocol on Children in Armed Conflict; International Standards for the Protection and Alternative Care of Children without Parental Care). Written and oral input from the discussions has also contributed to the subsequent drafting of general comments on similar topics (HIV/AIDS and the rights of the child; implementing child rights in early childhood; the rights of children with disabilities). Although recommendations are made to States parties, they may assist all stakeholders in better understanding the provisions of the Convention.