United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

WHEREAS Canada was a key proponent and one of the first states to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (ratified in 1991), one of the most universally ratified United Nations treaties;

WHEREAS the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recently considered Canada’s combined fifth and sixth periodic report on implementation of the Convention;

WHEREAS the Government of Canada representatives at that review conveyed Canada’s strong commitment to fulfill all its obligations under the Convention;

WHEREAS the Committee’s Concluding Observations followed a careful examination of government reports and evidence submitted by other experts including the Canadian Bar Association and Canadian organizations that work with children;

WHEREAS the Concluding Observations again criticized Canada’s failure to fully implement the Convention and made detailed and general recommendations for areas of significant improvement;

WHEREAS the Canadian Bar Association called on the Government of Canada in 2013 to table a detailed Government Action Plan in response to the third and fourth periodic report, which was not done;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Canadian Bar Association again urge the Government of Canada to commit to tabling a detailed Government Action Plan in response to the recommendations that Canada received for improving its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child within one year of the release of those Concluding Observations, by June 9, 2023.

Moved by Child and Youth Law Section

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