A special edition issue of UNICEF’s flagship The State of the World’s Children report, tracking the impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the challenges that remain, was released on 19 November, the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Convention’s adoption by the UN General Assembly.
The Convention has 193 ratifications, the process by which countries decide to be bound by the articles of an international treaty. It articulates a set of universal children’s rights, such as the right to an identity, a name and a nationality, the right to an education, and rights to the highest possible standards of health and protection from abuse and exploitation.
These rights are based on four core principles – non-discrimination; the best interest of the child as primary consideration in matters that affect them; rights to life, survival and development, and respect for the views of children.
The Convention also identifies the obligation of governments to do all they can to deliver these rights, and acknowledges the special role of parents in their children’s upbringing.
The State of the World’s Children report describes the timeless relevance of the Convention. The report includes special expert essays from public and private sector representatives, alongside examples of the child rights situation in a range of countries.
Many of the expert essays offer advice on the role the Convention can have, in an increasingly populous, urbanized and environmentally challenged world, over the next 20 years and beyond. The report also provides a range of suggestions that could ensure the protection of children’s rights continues to advance.
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