Legal Text: 2019 UN General Assembly resolution on the rights of the child

Carrol and his family at their home in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province, Rwanda in June 2022.

Publication Details

Author: United Nations
Publication Date: 12 December 2019

The resolution focuses on children without parental care. It contains important articles recognising the harm caused by institutionalisation, prioritises prevention, and endorses family- and community-based care over institutions.

It clearly acknowledges the vital need for better data about children without parental care in all settings and situations in order to bring about better policies .

Crucially, it urges UN Member States to take action, including by progressively replacing institutions with quality alternative care.