Convention on the Rights of the Child
The present Convention shall be open for signature by all States.
The present Convention is subject to ratification. Instruments of
ratification shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the United
The present Convention shall remain open for accession by any State. The
instruments of accession shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the
1. The present Convention shall enter into force on the thirtieth day
following the date of deposit with the Secretary-General of the United Nations
of the twentieth instrument of ratification or accession.
2. For each State ratifying or acceding to the Convention after the deposit
of the twentieth instrument of ratification or accession, the Convention shall
enter into force on the thirtieth day after the deposit by such State of its
instrument of ratification or accession.
1. Any State Party may propose an amendment and file it with the
Secretary-General of the United Nations. The Secretary-General shall thereupon
communicate the proposed amendment to States Parties, with a request that they
indicate whether they favour a conference of States Parties for the purpose of
considering and voting upon the proposals. In the event that, within four
months from the date of such communication, at least one third of the States
Parties favour such a conference, the Secretary-General shall convene the
conference under the auspices of the United Nations. Any amendment adopted by a
majority of States Parties present and voting at the conference shall be
submitted to the General Assembly for approval.
2. An amendment adopted in accordance with paragraph 1 of the present
article shall enter into force when it has been approved by the General
Assembly of the United Nations and accepted by a two-thirds majority of States
3. When an amendment enters into force, it shall be binding on those States
Parties which have accepted it, other States Parties still being bound by the
provisions of the present Convention and any earlier amendments which they have
1. The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall receive and circulate to all States the text of reservations made by States at the time of ratification or accession.
2. A reservation incompatible with the object and purpose of the present Convention shall not be permitted.
3. Reservations may be withdrawn at any time by notification to that effect addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, who shall then inform all States. Such notification shall take effect on the date on which it is received by the Secretary-General
A State Party may denounce the present Convention by written notification to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Denunciation becomes effective one year after the date of receipt of the notification by the Secretary-General.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations is designated as the depositary of the present Convention.
The original of the present Convention, of which the Arabic, Chinese,
English, French, Russian and Spanish texts are equally authentic, shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
In witness thereof the undersigned plenipotentiaries, being duly authorized thereto by their respective governments, have signed the present Convention.