CRC Day of General Discussion (DGD) 2021

During its 81st session, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the body of independent experts responsible for reviewing progress made by States parties in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, decided to devote its 2020 day of general discussion (“DGD”) to the issue of children and alternative care, which was scheduled to take place on 18 September 2020. However, in light of the health risks and travel restrictions related to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Committee decided to postpone the 2020 DGD on “Children’s Rights and Alternative Care” to 2021. It will take place over two half days on 16 and 17 September 2021, during the 88th session of the Committee at the United Nations Office in Geneva. The event will be held virtually and more information about registration and logistics will be shared in due course.

Learn more here or visit the DGD website on Child Rights Connect here. Read also the concept note, the guidelines for submission, and download the Programme of work for the two half days.

The purpose of General Discussion Days is to foster a deeper understanding of the contents and implications of the Convention as they relate to specific articles or topics. Representatives of Governments, non-governmental organizations, United Nations human rights mechanisms, United Nations bodies and specialized agencies, national human rights institutions, the business sector, as well as individual experts and children are welcome to take part.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child has launched its call for submissions as part of this global public consultation to help feed into and guide the discussions. The deadline for submissions was extended to 30 June 2021

For more information about the background and scope of this DGD, please review the DGD Concept Note.

For more information on how to provide a submission or participate in the process, please review the Guidelines on participation and submissions. Both adults and children are encouraged to contribute to this process!

In addition to written or video submissions, children and young people were also invited to contribute their views and ideas via a separate survey, developed by members of the DGD Child and Youth Advisory Team, in partnership with researchers from the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) and a number of civil society organisations. The deadline to complete the survey was 31 May 2021.

Learn more below.

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UN Committee on the Rights of the Child,

This document outlines the agenda for the two half days, including key themes to be discussed, main sessions and working groups.

Comité des droits de l’enfant des Nations Unies,

Le Comité des droits de l’enfant des Nations Unies organisera à Genève une journée de débat général (JDG) sur le thème « Droits de l’enfant et protection de remplacement ». Les représentants des gouvernements, les mécanismes de défense des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies, les organismes et les institutions spécialisées des Nations Unies, les institutions nationales de défense des droits de l’homme, la société civile, le secteur privé et des experts individuels, ainsi que des enfants et des jeunes, sont invités à y participer.

Comité des droits de l’enfant des Nations Unies,

Le Comité des droits de l’enfant des Nations Unies (le Comité) a décidé qu’en 2020, sa Journée de débat général (JDG) porterait sur les « Droits de l’enfant et la protection de remplacement ».

Comité de los Derechos del Niño de la ONU,

El Comité de los Derechos del Niño de la ONU se reunirá en un Día de Debate General sobre «Los derechos de la infancia y el cuidado alternativo», que se llevará a cabo en Ginebra durante dos medio días, el 16 y el 17 de septiembre de 2021. Este documento presenta directrices para participación y presentaciones.

Comité de los Derechos del Niño de la ONU,

Esta nota de concepto incluye  información sobre el contexto, importancia, propósito, alcance, y objetivos claves del Día de Debate General 2021 al tema de «los derechos de la infancia y el cuidado alternativo».

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child,

These working methods aim to facilitate and promote the meaningful participation of all children, particularly those in disadvantaged or vulnerable situations, in days of general discussion.

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child,

As part of a public consultation to help feed into and guide the discussions at the 2021 Day of General Discussion, all interested stakeholders, whether adults or children, are encouraged to send written submissions to the Committee. This document includes guidelines for participation submission.

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child,

This concept note outlines the context, background, relevance, purpose, scope, and objectives of the 2021 Day of General Discussion on the theme of “Children’s Rights and Alternative care”.