Update: General Comment on Article 31
The United Nations has now published the final version of the General Comment on Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This replaces the draft version published in March 2013.
A General Comment is an official statement that elaborates on the meaning of an aspect of the UNCRC that requires further interpretation or emphasis. The General Comment will define all elements of Article 31 and explain their importance in the growth and development of children and their impact on children’s overall wellbeing.
Article 31 ensures that ‘State Parties recognise the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities … and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.’
The General Comment will provide guidance to the governments of the 192countries (States Parties) that are signatories.
The General Comment is now available to download (number 17).