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General Comment on Article 31 published18-03-2013

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The United Nations has published its General Comment on Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). 

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 192 countries (States Parties) that are signatories.

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