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Summary of the General Comment of Article 31


On 1 February 2013 the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child adopted a General Comment that clarifies for governments worldwide the meaning and importance of Article 31 of the Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC).

A General Comment is an official statement that elaborates on the meaning of an aspect of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that seems to require further interpretation or emphasis. The aim of the General Comment is to raise the importance of an Article and increase accountability among countries that have signed up to the Convention.

The International Play Association (IPA) has summarised the 22 page document to produce a five page summary of the General Comment.

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More information about the General Comment on Article 31