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Not by government alone

The Convention on the Rights of the Child specifically invites the involvement of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Taking up the challenge, NGOs in 22 countries have submitted alternative reports to those provided by their governments.

In the United Kingdom, the Child Rights Development Group enlisted the support of over 150 voluntary organizations in drawing up its report. Timed to coincide with the publication of the Government's official report, the 350-page alternative report was presented to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva and attracted unprecedented media attention for child rights in the UK.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child welcomes NGO participation and urges governments to consult with relevant national NGOs before drawing up their reports.