TIME FOR CELEBRATION: THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY OFFICIALLY ADOPTS THE NEW OPTIONAL PROTOCOL!
19 December 2011: The UN General Assembly took a landmark step for children's rights as it adopted the new Optional Protocol and finalised the adoption process of this new treaty at the UN level.
An official signing ceremony will be held in 2012 where States will be able to sign and ratify the new Protocol. The new Protocol needs to be ratified by ten States before it can enter into force and be used.
This now officially marks the end of the drafting and negotiation process.
The NGOs member of the NGO Group Working Group on the OPCRC remain dedicated to making sure that the Protocol is a practical reality for all children and are committed to resume our campaigning work for its widespread ratification and effective use.
We have circulated a public statement which celebrates this historical step forward and calls all States to initiate national discussions and processes in view of ratifying the new Optional Protocol.