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11 April 2018
Message from Andrew Becroft
This is the first of a series of thematic reports prepared by the Children’s Convention Monitoring Group prior to New Zealand’s next review by the Committee in 2021. The Committee last reviewed New Zealand in 2016 and made 105 recommendations to improve the rights of children in Aotearoa. This report focuses on the steps required to enable the implementation of the Children’s Convention (described in the Children’s Convention as the General Measures of Implementation). It highlights where New Zealand is making progress and identifies areas where action is still needed. It is imperative that these “building blocks” be put in place; only then can the Children’s Convention be properly implemented.
The Children’s Convention Monitoring Group
The Children’s Convention Monitoring Group (the Monitoring Group) monitors the New Zealand Government’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Children’s Convention), its Optional Protocols and the Government’s response to recommendations from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee). In addition to a monitoring role, we advocate for the adoption of processes that embed the Children’s Convention across Government, such as collecting good information, listening to children, raising awareness of the Convention and planning to advance children’s rights.