COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILDFifty-second session Geneva, 14 September – 2 October 2009
provisional agenda and annotations
Note by the Secretary-General*
The fifty-second session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child will be held at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 14 September to 2 October 2009. The first meeting of the session will be convened on Monday 14 September at 10 a.m.
In accordance with rule 6 of the provisional rules of procedure and in consultation with the Chairperson of the Committee, the Secretary-General has prepared the attached provisional agenda for the fifty-second session. Annotations to the provisional agenda are also attached.
Pursuant to rule 32 of the provisional rules of procedure, the meetings of the Committee shall be held in public, unless otherwise decided by the Committee.
The attention of the States parties is drawn, in particular, to the annotations to item 4 which lists the reports that will be before the Committee at its fifty-second session.
A pre-sessional working group, established in accordance with rule 63 of the provisional rules of procedure, met at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 15 to 19 June 2009.
1.Adoption of the agenda
2. Organizational matters.
3.Submission of reports by States parties.
4.Consideration of reports of States parties.
5.Cooperation with other United Nations bodies, specialized agencies and other competent bodies.
6.Methods of work of the Committee.
7.Days of general discussion.
Item 1. Adoption of the agenda
Under rule 8 of the provisional rules of procedure, the first item on the provisional agenda shall be the adoption of the agenda, except for the election of officers, as and when required under rule 16. In accordance with rule 9 of the provisional rules of procedure, the Committee may revise the agenda and may, as appropriate, add, defer or delete items. Only urgent or important items may be added to the agenda
Item 2. Organizational matters
Under this item, the Committee may wish to consider its programme of work for the session, as well as any other matter concerning the modalities of discharging its functions under the Convention.
Item 3. Submission of reports by States parties
In addition to the reports which are scheduled for consideration by the Committee at its fifty- second session (see the timetable for consideration of reports under item 4 below), and reports included in the provisional agenda for the fifty-first session, document CRC/C/51/1, the Secretary-General has received the following reports under the Convention and its Optional Protocols.
Convention on the Rights of the Child
State party Due in Symbol
Costa Rica 2007CRC/C/CRI/4
Republic of Korea2008CRC/C/KOR/3-4
Optional Protocol to the Convention on the involvementof children in armed conflict
State party Due in Symbol
Optional Protocol to the Convention on the sale of children,child prostitution and child pornography
State party Due in Symbol
Under rule 67 of the provisional rules of procedure, the Secretary-General is required to notify the Committee at each session of all cases of non-submission of reports. The full list of initial and periodic reports due under the Convention and the initial and periodic reports due under the Optional Protocols can be found in the document on the status of submission of reports (CRC/C/52/2). This document also indicates exceptional measures granted by the Committee to States parties that are encountering problems in complying with the strict time frame for submission of reports established by the Convention in article 44, paragraph 1, or the consideration of whose reports has been delayed.
Item 4. Consideration of reports of States parties
A tentative timetable for consideration of reports at the fifty-second session, prepared by the Secretary-General in consultation with the Chairperson and subject to approval by the Committee, is given below.
Tentative timetable for consideration of reports of States parties
Monday, 14 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Turkey , OPAC
Poland OPAC and OPSC
Poland OPAC and OPSC (cont’d)
In accordance with rule 68 of the provisional rules of procedure, representatives of the States parties shall be invited to attend the meetings of the Committee when their reports are examined. Such representatives should be able to answer questions put to them by the Committee and make statements on reports already submitted by their State, and may also submit further information.
In accordance with rule 68 of the Committee’s provisional rules of procedure, the Secretary-General has notified the States parties concerned of the opening date, duration and place of the fifty-second session of the Committee, at which their respective reports will be examined, and has invited them to send representatives to attend these meetings of the Committee.
Item 5.Cooperation with other United Nations bodies, specializedagencies and other competent bodies
Under this item, the Committee will pursue its discussion on how existing cooperation with various relevant bodies could be further strengthened to enhance the promotion and protection of the rights of the child.
Item 6. Methods of work of the Committee
Under this item, the Committee will pursue its discussion concerning the organization of its future work, as well as the procedure to be followed in the consideration of reports by States parties and their follow-up, including where necessary areas identified for technical assistance. In particular, the Committee will also discuss practicalities of working in two chambers, as well as discuss its draft treaty specific reporting guidelines.
Item 7. Days of general discussion
The Committee decided at its fiftie th session that a commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child would be held during its fifty-third pre-sessional working group on 8 and 9 October 2009, in lieu of its annual day of general discussion.
Item 8. General comments
Under this item, the Committee will pursue the elaboration of general comments based on the various principles and provisions of the Convention, and specifically on article 3, the principle of the best interests of the child and on article 19, related to protection from all forms of violence, exploitation and abuse.
Item 9. Future meetings
Under this item, the Committee will be informed of any developments relating to the schedule of its future meetings.
Item 10. Other matters
Under this item, members will discuss such other matters relating to the work of the Committee as may be necessary.
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