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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:

  1. the signatory (state party) providing information to the Committee
  2. the Committee examining the information
  3. a session for questioning the states' (Government) representatives and civil representatives
  4. 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 Tolley led the Government delegation, which included senior officials from several agencies.

The non-government sector was represented by UNICEF, ACYA and Save the Children.

The UN Committee released its Concluding Observations in October 2016.

Government Report

Fifth Periodic Report by the Government of New Zealand 2015

Alternative Report

Alternative report by Action for Child and Youth Aotearoa 2015

Children's Commissioner's report

Supplementary Report from the New Zealand Children’s Commissioner to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child 2016

UN Committee's Concluding Observations

Concluding Observations from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on New Zealand's 5th Periodic Report 2016 


UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Optional Protocols

The Convention defines 42 promises to children, and how they will be ensured by each country.

The full wording of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child can be found here.

New Zealand has also signed up to two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on: