The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child examines New Zealand's implementation of the Convention every five years
Having ratified the Convention in 1993, New Zealand is obliged by international law to implement the Convention to the best of its ability.
Five-yearly reporting to the United Nations
There is a UN Committee that checks how well signatories are implementing the Convention. It has a five-year reporting cycle which involves:
- the signatory (state party) providing information to the Committee
- the Committee examining the information
- a session for questioning the states' (Government) representatives and civil representatives
- the Committee providing concluding observations to the state party.
The state party is supposed to work between examinations to progress improvement in areas identified in the Committee's concluding observations.
The Committee seeks information from both Government and non-government entities to ensure they get balanced information. MSD leads the Government report. Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa (ACYA) leads the alternative report from civil society. The Children's Commissioner also has the opportunity to report to the committee.
Fifth Periodic Report 2016
In 2016, Judge Becroft, the Children's Commissioner attended the 73rd session of the UN Committee and reported on outcomes for children in New Zealand.
On this occasion, a Minister of Parliament, Hon Anne Tolly led the Government delegation, which included senior officials from several agencies.
The non-goverment sector was represented by UNICEF, ACYA and Save the Children.
The UN Committee released its Concluding Observations in October 2016.
Children's Commissioner's report
UN Committee's Concluding Observations