The Committee on the Rights of the Child (The Committee) is a group of 18 people from all over the world who know a lot about children.
Their job is to advise governments about children’s rights in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, like for example the right of children to speak up and be heard by adults (see video below).
The Committee holds a Day of General Discussion (DGD) in Geneva every two years in September focused on a specific topic about children as included in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) or a related subject. Previous themes have included ‘Children’s Rights and the Environment’ in 2016 and ‘Digital Media and Children’s Rights’ in 2014.
The 2018 DGD was on “Protecting and empowering children as human rights defenders”.