General Comments

The Committee produces General Comments to explain the rights contained in the CRC and its Optional Protocols and provide guidance with respect to particular issues. General Comments are key standards that help States improve both the way they write their reports and the way they implement the treaties.

Child Rights Connect raises awareness and promotes the use of General Comments, monitors the development of new General Comments and coordinates substantive inputs from our members to ensure progress of the standards. We also advocate for meaningful inclusion of children’s views in all General Comments and provide advice to the Committee and other stakeholders on how to do this meaningfully. 

The Committee works on the development of a new General Comment or the updating of an old one once at a time.

  • To learn more about General Comments and get advice on how to engage, read our FactsheetEnglishEspañolFrançais
  • To read the General Comments, visit the Committee’s webpage

To produce its General Comments, the Committee invites all interested parties to submit their ideas of themes, comment on the concept note and submit contributions.

During its 95th CRC Session, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child decided to dedicate the General Comment no. 27 to Children’s Rights to Access to Justice and Effective Remedies (GC27). The scope and the main objectives of the General Comment are described in the concept note. 

The Committee provides different opportunities for children and civil society to contribute to the development of the GC27. Find below a tentative timeline:  

To support the drafting of General Comment No. 27, the Committee seeks input from all relevant stakeholders and has therefore issued a call for submission.

Please note that all submissions must respect the following guidelines:

  • Written in one of the official working languages of the Committee, namely English, French or Spanish;
  • One concise document and not exceeding 2,500 words;
  • Submitted in WORD format to ohchr-crc@un.org.

If the above requirements are not met, the submission will not be accepted. Submissions are not translated and will be posted on the CRC webpage devoted to the draft general comment.

The deadline for submission is the 23rd of August 2024. Please keep in mind that no submissions received after this deadline will be considered or posted on the webpage.

For further details on the call for submissions, please read here.

The launch of the General Comment No. 26 on children’s rights and the environment with a special focus on climate change, Monday 18 September 2023, marked a historic milestone because it’s the very first time the Committee on the Rights of the Child has officially recognised children’s rights to live in a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. General Comment No. 26 provides authoritative and comprehensive guidance on how environmental challenges directly impact children’s rights and outlines the crucial steps that States must take to ensure that children can grow up in a world that’s not only clean, green, and healthy but also sustainable. Praised by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, David Boyd, as “a vital step forward,” this document represents a long awaited momentum toward securing a better future for our planet and its youngest inhabitants.

It has three major pillars. First, it sheds light on the harmful impacts of the triple planetary crisis, comprised of the climate emergency, the collapse of biodiversity and pervasive pollution on specific rights. Second, it clarifies how environmental protection is beneficial to children’s rights and underscores that children have the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. Finally, it specifies that States are responsible not only for protecting children’s rights from immediate harm, but also for foreseeable violation on their end. States can now be held accountable for environmental harm occurring within and outside their borders.

The Committee went from carrying out consultations with over 700 children from 26 countries for GC25 to 16,331 children from 121 countries for GC26, through online surveys, focus groups and in-person national and regional consultations. The newly launched document is the outcome of international and intergenerational engagement as the Committee also received inputs from States, experts, and other stakeholders through two rounds of consultations on the concept note and first draft of the general comment.

The GC26 has been currently translated in the following languages:

Child Rights Connect partnered with Terre des Hommes Germany, one of our member organisations, to contribute to the draft of the child-friendly version of the GC26 which is accessible in the following languages:

Furthermore, Terre des Hommes Germany has produced a child-friendly animation in collaboration with their Children’s Advisory Team.

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It is unique in its global outreach and its diversity, constituting a strong and credible global voice on children’s rights.

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