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New Zealand and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and its Optional Protocols


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  • General Comment No. 26 on Children's Rights and the Environment, with a Special Focus on Climate Change
    • UNCRC adopts General Comment 26 on children's rights, the environment, and climate change, 31 May 2023   Share on Facebook   Re-Tweet
    • NGO Submission on Draft General Comment No. 26: Impacts of armed conflict and military activities on childrenís rights, the environment and climate change, Peace Movement Aotearoa, 15 February 2023   All submissions to OHCHR

  • UN Committee examines NZ government's performance on child rights, 2020 / 2023

    • UN Committee on the Rights of the Child: Multiple concerns about New Zealandís performance on children and their rights, 10 February 2023
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        Read the Concluding Observations (CRC/C/NZL/CO/6)

    • UN Committee on the Rights of the Child considers New Zealand's performance this week, Peace Movement Aotearoa, 25 January 2023
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    • New Zealand and the Optional Protocol on Child Soldiers: NGO information for the 93rd Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Peace Movement Aotearoa   Report, 15 August 2022   Recommendations, 22 September 2022   Supplementary information, 29 September 2022
    • Other NGO information for the 93rd PSWG, including the overarching Child Rights Alliance report and a range of thematic reports, is available here

    • NZ joins CRC Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure, 22 September 2022
    • Sixth Periodic Report of New Zealand (CRC/C/NZL/6), 15 October 2021 / 5 September 2022
    • List of issues prior to submission of the sixth periodic report of New Zealand (CRC/C/NZL/QPR/6), Committee on the Rights of the Child, 10 July 2020
    • New Zealand and the Optional Protocol on Child Soldiers: NGO information for the 87th Pre-Sessional Working Group, Peace Movement Aotearoa, 29 February 2020   Report   Annex

  • UN Committee examines NZ government's performance on child rights, 2016

    • New Zealand children: UN Committee "deeply concerned" about the enduring high prevalence of poverty and a range of other issues, Peace Movement Aotearoa, 10 October 2016
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    • UN Committee on the Rights of the Child considers New Zealandís performance, Peace Movement Aotearoa, 15 September 2016
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  • Military Expenditure, Public Spending and the Rights of the Child
    • NGO Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child on Draft General Comment on Article 4 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Public Spending, Peace Movement Aotearoa, 1 December 2015

  • UN Committee examines NZ government's performance on child rights, 2011
    • Background information - the Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Convention) and its Optional Protocols, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee), the NZ government, the Convention and the OP-AC, the government's Third and Fourth Periodic Report, NGO reports to the Committee, the Committee's List of Issues and the government's response, and useful resources and links; and Information on the 56th session - who said what in Geneva, the Committee's Concluding Observations, and media releases and coverage are available here.


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