Mr. Lysbakken described steps that have been taken to meet concerns raised by the Committee, and highlighted some of the Government’s main priorities in the field of children’s rights.
Key issues in the hearing were children’s right to be heard, what the term “best interest of the child” means in practice, coordination and equality in children’s access to services throughout the country, assistance to minor asylum seekers and poverty and violence against children.
The examination was based on Norway’s 4th report to the Committee, which was submitted in 2008.
The Committee on the Rights of the Child monitors States parties’ implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. All States parties regularly submit reports to the CRC on how children’s rights are being implemented. The report is in turn studied by the Committee and key concerns and recommendations are addressed through “concluding observations.”
Mr. Lysbakken’s opening statement can be found here.
More information on the Committee on the Rights of the Child can be found here.