Provisional Rules of Procedure of the Committee on the
Rights of the Child, CRC/C/4, 14 November 1991.
2. Regular sessions of the Committee
shall be convened at dates decided by the Committee in consultation with the
Secretary-General of the United Nations (hereinafter referred to as "the
Secretary-General"), taking into account the calendar of conferences
as approved by the General Assembly.
(a) At the request of a majority
of the members of the Committee;
(b) At the request of a State
party to the Convention.
2. Special sessions shall be convened
as soon as possible at a date fixed by the Chairperson, in consultation with
the Secretary-General and with the other officers of the Committee, taking
into account the calendar of conferences as approved by the General Assembly.
Place of sessions
Notification of opening date
(a) Any item decided upon by
the Committee at a previous session;
(b) Any item proposed by the
Chairperson of the Committee;
(c) Any item proposed by a member
of the Committee;
(d) Any item proposed by a State
party to the Convention;
(e) Any item proposed by the
Secretary-General relating to his functions under the Convention or these
Provisional agenda for special
Adoption of the agenda
Revision of the agenda
Transmission of the provisional
agenda and basic documents
Term of office
Beginning of term of office
Filling of casual vacancies
2. If, in the unanimous opinion
of the other members, a member of the Committee has ceased to carry out his
or her functions for any cause other than absence of a temporary nature, the
Chairperson of the Committee shall notify the Secretary-General, who shall
then declare the seat of that member to be vacant.
3. Pursuant to paragraphs 1 and
2 of this rule, the Secretary-General shall request the State party which
had nominated that member to appoint another expert from among its nationals
within two months to serve for the remainder of his or her predecessor's term.
4. The name and the curriculum
vitae of the expert so appointed shall be transmitted by the Secretary-General
to the Committee for approval by secret ballot. Upon approval of the expert
by the Committee, the Secretary-General shall notify the States parties to
the Convention of the name of the member of the Committee filling a casual
5. Except in the case of a vacancy
arising from a member's death or proven disability, the Secretary-General
and the Committee shall act in accordance with the provisions of paragraphs
1, 3 and 4 of this rule only after receiving from the member concerned written
notification of his or her decision to cease to function as a member of the
"I solemnly declare that
I will perform my duties and exercise my powers as a member of the Committee
on the Rights of the Child honourably, faithfully, impartially and conscientiously."
Position of the Chairperson
in relation to the Committee
Replacement of officers
2. The Secretary-General shall
provide the Committee with the necessary staff and facilities for the effective
performance of its functions under the Convention.
or its subsidiary bodies.
Servicing of meetings
Keeping the members informed
Financial implications of proposals
Interpretation from an official
Interpretation from an unofficial
Languages of records
Languages of decisions and
Issue of communiqués concerning
Participation in meetings
2. Representatives of other competent
bodies concerned, which are not included among those in paragraph 1 of this
rule, may participate in public or private meetings of the Committee or its
subsidiary bodies, when invited by the Committee to do so.
All such participants may, within
three working days of the receipt of such records, submit corrections to the
secretariat in the languages in which the records have been issued. Corrections
to the records of the meetings shall be consolidated in a single corrigendum
to be issued at the end of the session concerned. Any disagreement concerning
such corrections shall be decided upon by the Chairperson of the Committee
or, in the case of continued disagreement, by decision of the Committee.
Distribution of summary records
2. The summary records of private
meetings shall be distributed to the members of the Committee and to other
participants in the meetings. They may be made available to others upon decision
of the Committee at such time and under such conditions as the Committee may
Distribution of official documents
and 3 of this rule, reports, decisions
and all other official documents of the Committee and its subsidiary bodies
shall be documents for general distribution, unless the Committee decides
2. Reports and information furnished
to the Committee by the specialized agencies, the United Nations Children's
Fund, or other United Nations organs and competent bodies pursuant to article
45, subparagraph (a), of the Convention and to rule 70 shall be distributed
by the secretariat to all members of the Committee and, if so decided by the
Committee, to members of its subsidiary bodies, States parties concerned and
other participants at the meetings. Such reports and information shall normally
be made available to the Committee in the language in which they have been
submitted, unless otherwise decided by the Committee or the Chairperson.
3. Reports and additional information
submitted by States parties pursuant to article 44 of the Convention and to
rules 66 and 69 shall be documents for general distribution.
Powers of the Chairperson
2. The Chairperson, subject to
these rules, shall have control of the proceedings of the Committee and over
the maintenance of order at its meetings.
3. In the course of the discussion
of an item, the Chairperson may propose to the Committee a limitation on the
time to be allowed to speakers and on the number of times each person may
speak on any question, and the closure of the list of speakers.
4. The Chairperson shall rule
on points of order.
5. The Chairperson may also propose
adjournment or closure of the debate or adjournment or suspension of a meeting.
Debate shall be confined to the question before the Committee, and the Chairperson
may call a speaker to order if his or her remarks are not relevant to the
subject under discussion.
Points of order
When debate is limited and a speaker
exceeds his or her allotted time, the Chairperson shall call him or her to
order without delay.
List of speakers
When the debate on an item is
concluded because there are no other speakers, the Chairperson shall declare
the debate closed. Such closure shall have the same effect as closure by consent
of the Committee.
Suspension or adjournment of
Adjournment of debate
Closure of debate
Order of motions
(a) To suspend the meeting;
(b) To adjourn the meeting;
(c) To adjourn the debate on
the item under discussion;
(d) To close the debate on the
item under discussion.
Submission of proposals
Decisions on competence
Withdrawal of motions
Reconsideration of proposals
Adoption of decisions
1/ The members of the
Committee expressed the view that its method of work should normally allow
for attempts to reach decisions by consensus before voting, provided that
the Convention and the rules of procedure were observed.
Equally divided votes
Method of voting
Conduct during voting and explanation
Division of proposals
Order of voting on amendments
2. A motion is considered an amendment
to a proposal if it merely adds to, deletes from or revises part of that proposal.
Order of voting on proposals
2. The Committee may, after each
vote on a proposal, decide whether to vote upon the next proposal.
3. Any motions requiring that
no decision be taken on the substance of such proposals shall, however, be
considered as previous questions and shall be put to the vote before those
Conduct of elections when only
one elective place is to be filled
2. If the second ballot is inconclusive
and a majority vote of members is required, a third ballot shall be taken
in which votes may be cast for any eligible candidate. If the third ballot
is inconclusive, the next ballot shall be restricted to the two candidates
who obtained the greatest number of votes in the third ballot and so on, with
unrestricted and restricted ballots alternating until a person or member is
3. If the second ballot is inconclusive
and a two-thirds majority is required, the balloting shall be continued until
one candidate secures the necessary two-thirds majority. In the next three
ballots, votes may be cast for any eligible candidates. If three such unrestricted
ballots are inconclusive, the next three ballots shall be restricted to the
two candidates who obtained the greatest number of votes in the third such
unrestricted ballot. The following three ballots shall be unrestricted, and
so on, until a person or member is elected.
Conduct of elections when two
or more elective places are to be filled
2. Each subsidiary body shall
elect its own officers and may adopt its own rules of procedure. Failing the
adoption of such rules, the present rules of procedure shall apply mutatis
XV. REPORTS AND INFORMATION
UNDER ARTICLES 44 AND 45 OF THE CONVENTION
Submission of reports by States
2. States parties shall submit
such reports within two years after the entry into force of the Convention
for the State party concerned and thereafter they shall submit subsequent
reports every five years and such additional reports or information in the
intervening period as the Committee may request.
3. The Committee, through the
Secretary-General, shall indicate to the States parties the form and contents
of reports or information to be supplied to the Committee, in accordance with
paragraphs 1 and 2 of this rule.
Non-submission of reports
2. If, even after the reminder
and other efforts referred to in paragraph 1 of this rule, the State party
does not submit the required report or additional information, the Committee
shall consider the situation as it deems necessary and shall include a reference
to this effect in its report to the General Assembly.
Attendance by States parties
at the examination of reports
Request for additional reports
Request for other reports or
2. The Committee may invite the
specialized agencies, the United Nations Children's Fund and other competent
bodies, as it may consider appropriate, to provide it with expert advice,
pursuant to article 45, subparagraph (a), of the Convention, on the implementation
of the Convention in areas falling within their respective mandates.
3. The Committee may indicate,
as appropriate, the time-limit within which such reports or advice should
be supplied to the Committee.
Suggestions and general recommendations
on a State party's report
2. The Committee shall transmit,
through the Secretary-General, suggestions and general recommendations it
has decided upon to the State party concerned for its comments. The Committee
may, where necessary, indicate the time-limit within which such comments from
States parties are to be received.
3. The Committee shall include
in its reports to the General Assembly suggestions and general recommendations
together with comments, if any, received from States parties.
Other general recommendations
2. The Committee shall include
such other general recommendations in its reports to the General Assembly
together with comments, if any, received from States parties.
General comments on the Convention
2. The Committee shall include
such general comments in its reports to the General Assembly.
Transmission of States parties'
reports that contain a request or indicate a need for technical advice or
2. The reports and information
received from States parties in accordance with paragraph 1 of this rule shall
be transmitted along with observations and suggestions, if any, of the Committee
on these requests or indications.
3. The Committee may request,
when it considers it appropriate to do so, information on the technical advice
or assistance provided and the progress achieved.
2. The Committee may also invite
the submission of studies from other bodies on topics of relevance to the
XVIII. INTERPRETATION AND AMENDMENTS