From September 17 to October 5, 2018, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC Committee) held its 79th Session in Geneva.
The CRC Committee reviewed the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 4 countries: El Salvador, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Mauritania and Niger. IBFAN submitted one alternative report on the situation of infant and young child feeding in Niger. Direct advocacy during the session allowed the Committee members to address relevant questions on the status of IYCF policies to the other countries under review.
In its Concluding Observations, the CRC Committee referred specifically to breastfeeding for all countries under review. Child malnutrition was highlighted as a reason of concern in the concluding observations of all state parties. Additionally, the committee recommended Niger, Mauritania and Laos to fully implement the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
Read the full post session report here.