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What is the CRC?

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The CRC is the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. Adopted by the United Nations in 1989 and ratified by Albania in 1992, the Convention lays out the fundamental human rights of every child. Everyone is born with these rights -- but many children's rights are not realized.

UNICEF is dedicated to helping governments and other partners provide the conditions that will allow every child to realize her or his rights – every child, everywhere, all the time. The Convention defines childhood as ending at age 18, so we work to help children from birth (and even before, to make sure they are born healthy) through adolescence.

Here in Albania, we collaborate with ministries, local governments and civil society throughout the country to help children realize their rights to health, quality education and adequate nutrition; to participate in the decisions affecting their lives; and to protection from neglect, abuse and discrimination. Browse our website to see examples of our activities.





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