Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse

Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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25 May 2010 was the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child: the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC) and the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (OPSC).

On this date, UNICEF joined forces with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, and the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography to commemorate this important date and launch a  global advocacy campaign promoting the universal ratification for non-States Parties and effective implementation for States Parties of the Optional Protocols. The campaign was launched by the United Nations Secretary-General at UNICEF in New York.

The Optional Protocols should be ratified by the maximum number of Member States to strengthen their acceptance as a normative standard and enhance the protective environment for children.

To raise understanding among children and young people on the optional protocols, child friendly versions of the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (OPSC) and the third Optional Protocol on the Communication Procedure to CRC (OPCP)—which entered into force in 2014—have been published by the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children (OSRSG-VAC).

The different language versions can be found at OSRSG-VAC website:

Child Friendly Versions of the Optional Protocols to the CRC

Status of signature and ratification of the OPSC

Status of signature and ratification of the OPAC

Countries yet to sign and/or ratify the OPSC and OPAC

 


 

 

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