Convention on the Rights of the Child

Is the world better?

25 years after the CRC, it's time to ask: Is the world a better place for children?


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Children stand on a hilltop overlooking a UNICEF-assisted child-friendly space in a Kibati camp for the displaced near Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The world made an extraordinary commitment to all children through its adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. But today, many of those commitments have not been acted upon, and the rights of too many children are violated daily.

20 November marks 25 years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF is taking the opportunity to raise the question: Does a child born today have better prospects in life than one who was born at the time the Convention came into being?   Read the report

Read predictions for children, their rights and global trends in 2016

"Is the world a better place for children" included policy-makers from around the world debating this question in their essays below.
Is the world a better place for children: Child-friendly version of the Convention

Is the world a better place for children: 25 Leaders, 25 Voices
UNICEF’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean is implementing an informational campaign which centers around “25 Leaders, 25 Voices for Children”, a publication of 25 widely-recognized figures who offer perspectives and proposals for the achievement of children’s rights, while providing a personal look at what the anniversary of the Convention means to them. Among them are Uruguayan President, José Mujica; Colombian Scientist Manuel Elkin Patarroyo; Guatemalan Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú; Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa; and Mexican singer and UNICEF Good Will Ambassador, Julieta Venegas.

Is the world a better place for children: Child rights in the digital future 
How do children see their rights affected by digital media and tools? 148 children in 16 countries took part in workshops to discuss the opportunities and risks associated with digital media; these discussions – and the voices of the child participants of the workshops – are reflected in the report Child rights in the digital future

Is the world a better place for children: Things that matter--Small voices hold a powerful message
Catherine Yen is a 2014 UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador; she is committed to advocating for equitable access to education, and believes all children have awesome potential that requires basic human rights to be fulfilled. This anniversary must also be used to critically examine areas of children’s lives that have seen far less progress and acknowledge that millions of children have their fundamental rights violated every day.

Is the world a better place for children: The CRC--Promises to keep, miles to go before I sleep
Justice Vui Clarence J. Nelson, currently serving as a Sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of Samoa.

Is the world a better place for children: The right to education for all children
Irina Bokova is the Director-General of UNESCO, she writes that 25 years after the groundbreaking Convention on the Rights of the Child, we must not relent in raising the flag for the right of every girl and boy to quality education – especially the most vulnerable.

Is the world a better place for children: We are dreamers and we are doers--Celebrating 25 years of the CRC
Noala Skinner, UNICEF Representative to Rwanda, looks at recent history in Rwanda and the importance of child rights.

Is the world a better place for children: Three perspectives from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Is the world a better place for children: Five perspectives from China

  • Bu Wei, Professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and director of the Research Center for Children and Media
  • Huang Xiaoyan, Assistant professor at Nankai University’s School of Government and Management
  • Wang Zhenyao, Director of the China Philanthropy Research Institute at the Beijing Normal University
  • Yang Yinfu, Deputy Director and researcher at the National Education Development Research Center
  • Zhang Wenjuan, Associate professor and Assistant Dean for International Collaborations and Executive Director for the Center of India-China Studies at Jindal Global Law School in India

Is the world a better place for children: Three perspectives from the Republic of Congo

Is the world a better place for children: Six perspectives from Sri Lanka

Is the world a better place for children: Kristalina Georgieva, Vice President of the European Commission

Is the world a better place for children: Protecting girls in Sudan - Accepting the shift in the "norm" of cutting girls

Is the world a better place for children: Olufuko--A harmful tradition still practiced in Namibia

Is the world a better place for children25 Years After Rights Convention, Children Still Need More Protection
This anniversary must also be used to critically examine areas of children’s lives that have seen far less progress and acknowledge that millions of children have their fundamental rights violated every day.


 

 

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