Religious leaders have been at the forefront of advocating for implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Just prior to its launch at the 1990 World Summit for Children, UNICEF and the World Conference on Religions for Peace (now called Religions for Peace) – a global multi-religious coalition advancing common action among the world’s religious communities for peace – organized a major conference called ‘The World’s Religions for the World’s Children’. This conference set the tone for inter-religious cooperation for children and promoted universal ratification of the newly adopted Convention.
On the occasion of the United Nations Special Session on Children in 2002, Religions for Peace convened a multi-religious forum with religious leaders from conflict and post-conflict countries. With high-level representatives from UNICEF, including the Executive Director, the group declared its commitment to advocate for a ‘World Fit for Children.’