What is a Day of General Discussion?
Every two years, the UN Committee holds a Day of General Discussion (DGD) to gather children, young people, government officials and organisations to discuss a particular issue relating to children's rights.
The aim of the DGD is to develop a deeper understanding of the content or implications of the UNCRC. A report is written after each DGD that sets out what was discussed, key findings and recommendations. These recommendations are usually aimed at governments and offer helpful guidance on how they can improve their implementation of children's rights in a particular area.
What topics have they looked at?
The first DGD was held in 1992 and focused on children in armed conflict. More recent DGDs have focused on:
- Children with a parent in prison (2011)
- Children's rights in international migration (2012)
- Digital media and children's rights (2014)
- Children's rights and the environment (2016)
- Children as human rights defenders (2018)
- Children in alternative care (2021)