Thursday, 19 Dec 2019

Announcement: Adoption of the 2019 Resolution on the Rights of the Child

The 2019 Resolution on the Rights of the Child, which focuses on children without parental care, was adopted at the United Nations General Assembly on 18 December 2019. 

The Resolution reflects many of the Key Recommendations developed and supported by a coalition of children’s advocates, organisations, networks and agencies. In total, 246 such advocates worked together to propose the Key Recommendations, all aimed at addressing pivotal challenges and opportunities to address the rights of children outside of parental care. The resolution addresses substantively each of the 8 Key Areas. These recommendations were also endorsed by a number of members in the Family Alliance.

Overall the resolution represents a major step forward and a fantastic tool to strengthen care reforms globally. The resolution was adopted by consensus, which means all 193 Member States of the UNGA support its adoption. This clearly reflects a global commitment to strengthening children’s care in their families, preventing unnecessary separation by addressing its root causes, putting an end to child institutionalization by progressively replacing it with family and community-based care, and addressing some of the drivers supporting it, including orphanage volunteering. The Resolution also calls on Member States to strengthen child welfare and protection systems, and improve care reform efforts.

Read the resolution: The 2019 Resolution on the Rights of the Child can be found on pages 7-21 of the Third Committee Report on the Promotion and protection of the rights of children. Access the report here.