Simplified Reporting Cycle

Cycle Simplified Reporting Cycle State Opts-in

The cycle starts when the national government accepts the invitation of the CRC Committee to be reviewed under the Simplified Reporting Procedure. The government can also decline the invitation, and be reviewed under the regular procedure. Only the States that are invited by the Committee can accept to be reviewed under the SRP.

The Committee is taking a progressive approach to invite more States since November 2016.

For more information and for identifying the States that will be invited, please look at the Treaty Bodies’ calendar.

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Written Inputs to LOIPR

Any children’s rights defender independent from the government can provide written inputs to the List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LOIPR) by sending information to the Committee.

The submission should include emerging trends and key issues that children’s rights defenders, and a set of questions, which may or may not be related to previous Concluding Observations that children’s rights defenders think should be covered in the List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LOIPR).
Children’s rights defenders can ask the Committee to publish their report on its website or keep it confidential.



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LOIPR

Based on the information received through the written inputs, the Committee establishes a List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LOIPR) which is sent to the State to require information (e.g. data and statistics) on the implementation of the Convention and the two Optional Protocols.

These Lists of Issues Prior to Reporting (LOIPR) are public documents accessible on the Committee’s website, under the relevant session page. They are drafted in one of the Committee’s working languages, namely English, French or Spanish and an official deadline for the government’s State report is set.

Learn more about the List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LOIPR) and how you can use it.


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State Report

When the National Government submit its State report on how it has implemented its children’s rights obligations to the Committee and in responding to the LOIPR. The date of the submission determines the timeline of the following steps.

The State report is a public document that is uploaded on the Committee’s website.

Check when your national government report is due and learn what you can do if the State report is overdue or has already been submitted.

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Written inputs to State report

Any children’s rights defender independent from the government, including those who did not submit inputs to the LOIPR, can submit written information to the Committee to complement the State report, to comment on the State’s Report and/or to send new or updated information to the Committee before the pre-session, for example. More detailed information than the first report, this second submission is meant to be the comprehensive “alternative report”. Children’s rights defenders can ask the Committee to publish their report on its website or keep it confidential. Learn more about the type of information you can submit and how to do so.

Children themselves can also submit information to the Committee through an alternative report, a video, a drawing, or through any other means. Learn more about how children can submit information.



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Pre-session

The pre-session is a one week meeting period that takes place in Geneva, Switzerland. During the pre-session, the Committee meets with the children’s rights defenders they have decided to invite, based on the alternative reports they have received, to prepare for the country session with State representatives.

A country pre-session is a 2.5 hour confidential meeting between all Committee members, children’s rights defenders invited by the Committee and UN agencies representatives, like UNICEF, to discuss the situation of children’s rights in a given country. It is an opportunity for civil society to share information and concerns before the Committee’s country session with the State representatives of the country concerned.

Learn more about the format of the meeting and what you will be expected to do if you are invited to a country pre-session by the Committee.

Children can also meet Committee members in a separate confidential children’s meeting if they request so in advance.


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Session

The session is a three week meeting period that takes place in Geneva, Switzerland. During the session, the Committee meets with government representatives from the countries up for review to discuss how each State is fulfilling its children’s rights obligations.

The Committee bases the discussion on many things, including: the State report, the government’s written replies to the Committee’s list of issues, the alternative reports, information shared during the pre-session and children’s meeting, and other relevant documentation received or consulted by the Committee.

A country session is a public meeting between the Committee and the State representatives of the country up for review, during which they have an “interactive dialogue” about the situation of children’s rights in the country. Anyone, including the media and children’s rights defenders, can attend the meeting as an observer. But no one other than the State representatives or the Committee can speak during the meeting. The meeting can be watched online live or after the meeting.

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Concluding Observations

After each session, the Committee drafts concluding observations on the situation of children’s rights in each of the countries it has just reviewed. These concluding observations are based on the dialogue between the Committee and the State and can only mention issues discussed during the country session. They constitute a public document, which contains a summary of the dialogue, the Committee’s recommendations to the State and the date for the submission of the next State report.

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Follow-up

Between two State reviews by the Committee, there are no official follow up measures undertaken by the Committee. The State is expected to follow the recommendations made by the Committee and report on their implementation in its next report. All interested actors can monitor the State’s implementation of the Committee’s recommendations and contribute to their follow up. Among other activities, there is a possibility of inviting members of the Committee for an informal country visit.

Learn more about what you can do during this follow-up period.


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