List of Issues

The list of issues is adopted by the Committee and sent to each State concerned right after its corresponding pre-session. It includes a list of questions on selected issues, a request for updates on new laws, institutions, policies and programmes and ratifications of human rights instruments, and specific disaggregated data and statistics.

The deadline for the State’s written replies is specified in the list of issues (it is usually published about 2 months before the session).

The deadline for additional submissions from children’s rights defenders can be found on the Committee’s webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions About the List of Issues Sent by the Committee on the Rights of the Child to the State under Review

1. When and where is the list of issues published?

The list of issues is usually published 2 to 3 weeks after the country pre-session on the Committee’s webpage, but there is no official timeline and it may take longer.

If it is still not online one month after the pre-session, you can contact the Secretariat of the Committee at to ask for an update.

2. An important issue is not included in the list of issues. What does that mean?

The list of issues is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all important or relevant issues in the country to be reviewed. Rather it is a list of specific topics on which the Committee would like to receive more information and clarifications. It does determine the content of the dialogue with the State or the concluding observations.

If an issue you think is important is not included in the list of issues, this does not mean that it will not be raised by the Committee during its dialogue with the State at the session.

Why engage with the Reporting Cycle?


Children’s rights defenders, including children themselves, who engage in the reporting cycle, can:

Confidentially, raise their concerns and suggestions about the children’s rights situation in their country to a UN body that can make recommendations to their national government
Use their report and the reporting cycle to increase awareness about children’s rights issues in the media and the general public
Participate in the improvement of the children’s rights situation in their country
Establish working relations with new partners at national and international level
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