On 28 February 2012, OP3 CRC was officially open to signature and  ratification by UN Member States.

To mark this first anniversary, a celebratory event, organised by our  International Coalition "Ratify OP3 CRC" and co-sponsored by the  Permanent missions to the United Nations of Chile, Finland, Germany,  the Maldives and Thailand, was held in New York on 28 February 2013, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The celebration was widely attended by members of diplomatic missions, UN staff and civil society organisations and gave States the opportunity to provide updates on the progress of the ratification process at national level.

Thus, Germany officially announced during the event its ratification of OP3 CRC, which took place on the same day. There are now 3 State parties to OP3 CRC!

Bolivia announced that the ratification law of OP3 CC had been approved by the Parliament of Bolivia and that ratification was expected shortly. Finland, Spain and the Maldives are expected to ratify by the end of 2013.

Other panellists emphasised the importance of OP3 CRC for all children and called all States to rapidly ratify OP3 CRC.

The International Coalition welcomes the ratification of OP3 CRC by Germany and calls all States to follow this exemple to contribute to its rapid entry into force.