International conference


Sofia, Bulgaria
5-8 November 2019

Report on the status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

In its Resolution A/73/155, the UN General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly at its seventy-fourth session a report on the status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the issues addressed in the Resolution, with a focus on children without parental care.
The goal of the Report is to give Member States information on the topic of their negotiation, an aspirational and normative “lay of the land” of where to take it from
The SG Report highlights significant achievements by Member States, United Nations system entities (including the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, etc.), regional bodies, multi-stakeholder coalitions, NGOs and others in advancing the protection of children without parental care, highlights challenges and unmet areas and includes recommendations for continued progress on the issue.
The Report highlights the importance of de-institutionalization and the need for countries to conduct care reform and legislative efforts in a comprehensive way and a well-planned and resourced manner including “legislative and policy reform and implementation, investment in community-based services and family-based alternatives, monitoring schemes, as well as training programmers, stipends or other support for caregivers”.
The Report highlights efforts done to implement international standards, prevent institutionalization, family preservation techniques (including cash transfers or parenting skills training) and good gatekeeping mechanisms to prevent unnecessary separation
On alternative care, the text calls in several instances to focus on the quality of care.
There is a very comprehensive and needed call for collecting and producing better data and evidence on the situation of children without parental care evidence-based policies and advocacy.

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