Article 6 of the UNCRC recognises that all children and young people have the right to survive and the right to develop. It says the government should do as much as they can to prevent the deaths of children and young people.
A right to develop
This Article also says that children and young people should be able to grow up in conditions that don’t impact negatively on their physical and mental wellbeing.
It says the government should do as much as they can to make sure children and young people can live in these conditions in order that they can develop.
The right to survive and develop is a general principle
The right to survive and develop is one of the four general principles of the UNCRC, which underpin how it should be interpreted and put into practice.
The four principles are:
- Non-discrimination (Article 2)
- Best Interests (Article 3)
- The right to survive and develop (Article 6)
- The right to have your views heard and taken seriously (Article 12)
Relevant General Comments
Some General Comments that are relevant to Article 6 are:
- General Comment 4, on adolescent health and development in the context of the UNCRC,
- General Comment 7, on implementing child rights in early childhood, and
- General Comment 20, on implementation of the UNCRC during adolescence.
Days of General Discussion
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child facilitates Days of General Discussion where experts from around the world can discuss a child rights issue in detail. The reports of their discussions are a helpful tool to understand how the UNCRC should be interpreted.
Some Days of General Discussion relevant to Article 6 are: