This report was submitted to the Committee on the Rights of the Child to share the insights and observations on Nepal’s efforts to implementing child rights, as mandated by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It was prepared and submitted by CRC Reporting Coalition Nepal in collaboration with Children as Zones of Peace National Campaign (CZOP) and member networks.
Progressive changes helped lay the groundwork for implementing children’s rights in accordance with the Convention. The fact that children’s rights are guaranteed in the constitution as a fundamental right, the subsequent creation of the Act Relating to Children, 2018, and other strategies and policies devoted to protecting children’s rights are proof of this.
The establishment of the National Child Rights Committee (NCRC) and an increase in budgetary spending on expenses related to children’s welfare are signs of the government’s sensitivity to upholding children’s rights. There are still a lot of legislative reforms and amendments needed, though. It still has to be done to fully institutionalize the Provincial Child Rights Committee (PCRC) and Local Child Rights Committee (LCRC) within the federal framework. Legislative, constitutional, and practical realizations still lag far behind each other.
Programs and policies controlled by various ministries are fragmented, and scattered protection plans are implemented without integration or cross-linking. Additionally, the distribution of funds for various overheads, particularly for social protection programs, is still done piecemeal or with the aim of appeasing.
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