The UNCRC Simplified Reporting Procedure (SRP)

1. Documents & Resources

2. Calendar of invited countries

For identifying the invited States and whether they opt-in, check the CRC SRP calendar.

3. Updates

Decision no. 15 of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (adopted on 7 February 2022)

At its 2574th meeting, the Committee decided:
for reports submitted under the Convention, to move towards a predictable review cycle of 8 years in order to ensure regular and timely reporting by all States parties, subject to the capacity and adequate resourcing of the Committee and its secretariat;
4 years after the review, to undertake a mid-cycle follow-up procedure focusing on the six main areas, in respect of which urgent measures must be taken, identified in the concluding observations;
to offer the simplified reporting procedure as the standard reporting procedure with the possibility for States parties to opt out if they prefer to report under the traditional procedure.

The timeline of the implementation of the decision is yet to be defined.

Key data, as of March 2022
  • Since the CRC Committee started implementing the Simplified Reporting Procedure, it invited 111 States parties whose periodic reports were due by September 1, 2019 onwards, to be reviewed under the SRP. 40 States parties have opted-in.
  • LOIPRs were adopted for 27 countries: Bhutan, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, France, Gambia, Georgia, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Peru, Poland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Zambia
  • 5 countries were reviewed under the Simplified Reporting Procedure: Hungary (session in January 2020), Luxembourg (session in June 2021), Poland and Switzerland (session in September 2021), Netherlands (session in February 2022)

Why engage with the Reporting Cycle?

 

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

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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
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Use their report and the reporting cycle to increase awareness about children’s rights issues in the media and the general public
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Participate in the improvement of the children’s rights situation in their country
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Establish working relations with new partners at national and international level
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