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HRC34: A child rights based approach in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Resolution on the rights of the child - A/HRC/RES/34/16

This resolution was tabled by Uruguay on behalf of the GRULAC (Latin American and Caribbean Group) and the European Union.

It  encourages States to develop a child rights based approach to the implementation of the Agenda 2030 in accordance with their obligations under international law and underpinned by the principles human rights and fundamental freedoms for all; equality and non-discrimination; the best interests of the child; the child’s right to life, survival and development; and participation, sustainability, transparency, international cooperation and accountability.

Progressive Language:

  • Recognizes that children are disproportionately affected in complex humanitarian emergencies

  • Recognizes that the pledge made in 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind involves addressing multiple forms of inequality and discrimination, and provides an opportunity to tackle inequities faced by children, especially those who are marginalized or in vulnerable situations.


  • LGBTQI children and adolescents are not identified within the most marginalized and vulnerable.
  • The resolution also fails to acknowledge that the full realization of the 2030 agenda goals around gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls cannot be achieved without the respect and protection of the sexual and reproductive rights of girls.
  • Likewise, by reaffirming that children should grow in a family environment the resolution erases the violence experienced by children within this institution and furthermore promotes a monolithic family model.  
  • Although the importance of the integration and participation of children is at the base of the resolution, at no point are organized children and youth recognized as partners or groups that States and others can work with to advance on the development agenda. Given the principle of children's evolving capacities in the exercise of their own rights, active efforts should be made to empower and recognize children and adolescents contributions.

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