Published in 1996. ‘Children First’ builds upon the story told in ‘The Children and the Nations’. The first chapter summarizes the history of UNICEF. Subsequent chapters examine changes in public attitudes and government policies that put children at the top of the international agenda in the 1990s.
Starting from the International Year of the Child in 1979, development historian Maggie Black studies the two movements that have done the most to raise the visibility of children in the public consciousness: the movement for children's rights, which resulted in the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child; and the child survival campaign, which culminated in the 1990 World Summit for Children. 'Children First' explores what brought these two movements such unprecedented success, and asks whether this concern for the world's children is likely to endure.
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