Human Rights Council
Tenth Session
Resolution 10/14.

Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the
Child and the Optional Protocols thereto

The Human Rights Council,
Emphasizing that the Convention on the Rights of the Child must constitute the standard in
the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, and bearing in mind the importance of the
Optional Protocols to the Convention, as well as other human rights instruments,
Reaffirming all previous resolutions on the rights of the child of the Commission on
Human Rights, the Council and the General Assembly, the most recent being Council
resolution 7/29 of 28 March 2008 and Assembly resolution 63/241 of 23 December 2008,
Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General on the status of the Convention on the
Rights of the Child (A/HRC/10/86),
Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Convention in 2009 and taking this
opportunity to call for its effective implementation by all States parties to ensure that all children
may fully enjoy all their human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Bearing in mind paragraph 47 of Council resolution 7/29 and particularly the Council’s
decision to consider an omnibus resolution on the rights of the child every four years, and to
focus on a theme of the rights of the child on an annual basis in the intervening period,
Welcoming the constructive dialogue on “20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the
Child: achievements and challenges ahead for its full realization” on the occasion of the full-day
annual meeting on the rights of the child on 11 March 2009 and renewed commitment expressed
on this occasion by States to the implementation of the Convention,
Recalling the different initiatives at the international and regional levels to contribute to the
implementation of the Convention and international events, such as the recent Third World
Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents, held in November 2008 in
Rio de Janeiro,
Profoundly concerned that the situation of children in many parts of the world remains
critical and convinced that urgent and effective national and international action is needed,
1.
Calls on the States that have not yet become States parties to the Convention and the
Optional Protocols thereto to do so as a matter of priority;
2.
Calls on all States parties to withdraw reservations that are incompatible with the
object and purpose of the Convention or the Optional Protocols thereto, and encourages all States
parties to the Convention or the Optional Protocols to establish a regular procedure to regularly

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