United Nations

General Assembly

A/HRC/RES/24/11
Distr.: General
8 October 2013
Original: English

Human Rights Council
Twenty-fourth session
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development
Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council

24/11.
Preventable mortality and morbidity of children under 5 years of age as
a human rights concern
The Human Rights Council,
Emphasizing that the Convention on the Rights of the Child constitutes the standard
in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, and bearing in mind the
importance of the Optional Protocols thereto, as well as other human rights instruments,
Recalling all previous relevant resolutions on the rights of the child of the
Commission on Human Rights, the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly, the
most recent being Council resolution 22/32 of 22 March 2013, on the right of the child to
the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health,
Reaffirming the right of everyone to a standard of living adequate for their health
and well-being, which is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the
right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental
health, as enshrined in the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
as well as in the Convention on the Rights of the Child,
Welcoming the work of the Committee on the Rights of the Child related to reducing
and eliminating preventable mortality and morbidity of children under 5 years of age,
Reaffirming that States should take all appropriate measures to ensure the right of
the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
without discrimination of any kind and, in doing so, be guided by the best interests of the
child, ensuring the meaningful participation of children, consistent with their evolving
capacities, in all matters and decisions affecting their lives, bearing in mind the rights,
duties and responsibilities of parents or caregivers in relation to preventing mortality and
 The resolutions and decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council will be contained in the report of
the Council on its twenty-fourth session (A/HRC/24/2), Part One.

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