Status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Secretary General's Report on the implementation of CRC has a specific focus on implementing child rights in early childhood.
The key recommendation is that: States are encouraged to:
(a) Establish a framework of laws, policies and programmes ensuring that the rights of the child are implemented within a continuum of care (maternal, newborn, child health), education and protection throughout the early years of life, including:
(i) Developing a plan for the realization of children’s rights in early childhood that is comprehensive in scope, is supported by operational strategies with clear goals, timelines and adequate resources, and is aimed at ensuring the development of the child’s fullest potential, protecting young children from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation, and maximizing opportunities for their voice to be heard in all matters that affect them. These strategies should involve all levels of government and include civil society partners;
(ii) Supporting research, monitoring and evaluation studies on young children’s rights, development and well-being, including the identification of indicators that are universally accepted, locally relevant and easily applied;