Contact Group I of Working Group I met Monday evening to hear a report from the informal group convened to resolve outstanding Platform brackets on parental rights and responsibilities. A comprehensive textual reference for inclusion in paragraph 108 (e) of Section C (health) and in paragraph 267 (ICPD) of Section L (girl child) was presented and agreed: "Taking into account the rights of the child to access to information, privacy, confidentiality, respect and informed consent as well as the responsibilities, rights and duties of parents and legal guardians to provide, in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child, appropriate direction and guidance in the exercise by the child of the rights recognized in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and in conformity with the CEDAW. In all actions concerning children the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration." In addition, paragraphs 108 (g) (adolescents) and 109 (l) (programmes for boys) in the health section will refer to the comprehensive text. Paragraphs 262 (gender stereotyping), 281 (d) (peer formation), (e) (physiology of reproduction), and (g) (services and counseling) will also include appropriate references to the comprehensive text.
In Section B (education) bracketed language on parental rights in paragraph 76 (curricula) was deleted. In 85(b) (training educators), brackets were removed. The language was reformulated in 85 (l) (integrated services). Paragraph 82 (f) (enrollment) was deemed not to be a parental rights concern.