Committee on the rights of the child: 62nd session

Summary: The Committee on the Rights of the Child will hold its 62nd Session from 14 January to 1 February 2013. Below are full details on the session, including the list of alternative reports submitted by NGOs.

Session opening

On 14 January, the Committee opened its 62nd session in Geneva - set to run until 1 February - with Jean Zermatten, the Chair, saying that in addition to examining nine States, the Committee intended to complete drafting and adopt its general comments on the best interest of the child, the right to play, the right to health and the impact of the business sector on children’s rights. Work on a draft joint general comment with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on harmful traditional practices would also continue.

It was also announced that, after two readings, the Committee intends to adopt its rule of procedures for the third Optional Protocol (complaints mechanism) during the session.

States under Review

Nine States will be reviewed by the Committee. The United States - who have yet to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child - will be reviewed on the steps it is taking to comply with the two Optional Protocols (OPSC and OPAC). 

You can click on the links below to access the States' reports, alternative reports submitted by NGOs, a UN summary of the individual reviews, and the previous Concluding Observations issued by the Committee (as detailed in our Children’s Rights Wiki).

The following States will be reviewed on their compliance with:

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

The Optional Protocol to the CRC on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC)

The Optional Protocol to the CRC on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC)

NGO participation

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Some of the sessions were made available online via a webcast.


Further Information


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