Today, on the 18th of December 2019, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted by consensus its first ever Resolution on the Rights of the Child focused on the theme of children without parental care. For the first time in its history, the General Assembly called on its 193 Member States to take concrete action to implement the international commitments they have made to protect the human rights of children without parental care, including children in alternative care, under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and international guidelines, such as the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children.
This issue of the BCN Newsletter highlights the newly adopted Resolution on the Rights of the Child along with other recently adopted Resolutions and published reports from the UNGA, along with a set of Key Recommendations proposed to Member States to address key challenges and opportunities in implementing the rights of children without parental care. The Recommendations were developed by a global coalition of 256 organizations, networks, and agencies working at national, regional and international levels on children's care. Many of the recommendations made by the coalition are reflected in the text of the Resolution.