Date: 21st November 2011
Category: UK 1st periodic review, General measures of implementation
The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly has adopted the final draft Optional Protocol on the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure by consensus.
This is an important step closer to the final adoption of the Optional Protocol by the General Assembly, which is expected to take place in mid-December.
Following this, an official signing ceremony will be held in 2012, after which the new Optional Protocol will officially be open States to sign and ratify.