General Comment No. 7

Indicator Set 6: Birth Registration

Every year, 51 million children around the world are not registered at birth. This is an alarming number, since birth registration is a basic human right. The right to be registered at birth is enshrined in article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Because several other rights depend upon it, birth registration is a core early childhood right. As article 7 states, every child has the right to a name at birth and the right to acquire citizenship. These are basic aspects of the child