The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the body of 18 Independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties. It also monitors implementation of two Optional Protocols to the Convention, on involvement of children in armed conflict and on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. On 19 December 2011, the UN General Assembly approved a third Optional Protocol on a communications procedure, which will allow individual children to submit complaints regarding specific violations of their rights under the Convention and its first two optional protocols. The Protocol entered into force in April 2014.
During the 2-6 March 2020 the Committee will consult with state delegations from the Cook Islands, FSM and Tuvalu and civil society organisations from Kiribati on progress towards the realisation of child rights in the respective countries. During the week a number of side events will be facilitated on topics relevant to the Pacific and the Committee.