Question of a convention on the rights of the child.

  • Author: UN General Assembly (39th sess. : 1984-1985)
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  • Date:
    18 December 1982
  The General Assembly, Recalling its resolutions 33/166 of 20 December 1978, 34/4 of 18 October 1979, 35/131 of 11 December 1980 and 36/57 of 25 November 1981, Recalling also Commission on Human Rights resolutions 20 (XXXIV) of 8 March 1978, 19 (XXXV) of 14 March 1979, 36 (XXXVI) of 12 March 1980, 26 (XXXVII) of 10 March 1981 and 1982/39 of 11 March 1982 as well as Economic and Social Council resolutions 1978 of 5 May 1978, 1978/40 of 1 August 1978 and 1982/37 of 7 May 1982 and Council decisions 1980/138 of 2 May 1980 and 1981/144 of 8 May 1981, Conscious of the importance of its task to contribute to the improvement of the situation of children in the world and to ensure their development and education in conditions of peace, Bearing in mind the need to pursue effective action with a view to generating an international record of accomplishment such as that of the International Year of the Child, Noting again the important role of the United Nations Children's Fund and the specialized agencies in promoting the well-being of children and their development, Aware of the importance of an international convention on the rights of the child for more effective protection of children's rights, Noting with appreciation that further progress has been made in the elaboration of a draft convention on the rights of the child prior to and during the thirty-eighth session of the Commission on Human Rights,

1. Welcomes Economic and Social Council resolution 1982/37, by which the Council authorized a meeting of an open-ended working group of the Commission on Human Rights for a period of one week prior to the thirty-ninth session of the Commission to facilitate completion of the work on a draft convention on the rights of the child;

2. Invites all Member States to offer their effective contribution to the elaboration of a draft convention;

3. Requests the Commission on Human Rights to give the highest priority at its thirty-ninth session to the question of completing a draft convention;

4. Requests the Secretary-General to provide all necessary assistance to the working group in order to ensure its smooth and efficient work;

5. Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its thirty-eighth session the item entitled "Question of a convention on the rights of the child".


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