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The committee [on the rights of the child] may recommend the general assembly to request the secretary-general to undertake, on its behalf, studies on specific issues relating to the rights of the child;

The committee may make suggestions and general recommendations based on information received, pursuant to articles 44 and 45 of the present Convention. Such suggestions and general recommendations shall be transmitted to any state party concerned and reported to the general assembly, together with comments, if any, from states parties.


Article 46: the present Convention shall be open for signature by all states.

Article 47: the present Convention is subject to ratification. Instruments of ratification shall be deposited with the secretary-general of the United Nations.

Article 48: the present Convention shall remain open for accession by any state. The instruments of accession shall be deposited with the UN secretary-gen- eral.

Article 49: the present Convention shall enter into force on the 30th day following the date of deposit with the UN secretary-general of the 20th instrument of ratification or accession.

For each state ratifying or acceding to the Convention after the deposit of the 20th instrument of ratification or accession, the Convention shall enter into force on the 30th day after the deposit by such state of its instrument of ratification or accession.

Article 50: any state party may propose an amendment and file it with the UN secretary-general. 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 UN. Any amendment adopted by a majority of states parties present and voting at the conference shall be submitted to the general assembly for approval.

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 UN and accepted by a two-thirds majority of states parties.

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 accepted.

Article 51: the UN secretary-general shall receive and circulate to all states the text of reservations made by states at the time of ratification or accession.

A reservation incompatible with the object and purpose of the present Convention shall not be permitted.

Reservations may be withdrawn at any time by notification to that effect, addressed to the secretary-general of the UN, who shall then inform all states. Such notification shall take effect on the date on which it is received by the secretary-general.

Article 52: a state party may denounce the present Convention by a written notification to the secretary-general of the UN. Denunciation becomes effective one year after the date of receipt of the notification by the secretary-general.

Article 53: the secretary-general of the UN is designated as the depositary of the present Convention.

Article 54: 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 UN. In witness thereof the undersigned plenipotentiaries, being duly authorized thereto by their respective governments, have signed the present Convention.

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