UNICEF e-newsletter

2005 Marked the 16th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child 18 January 2006

In our last email, we wrote to reflect upon the unprecedented emergencies that faced the world’s children in 2005—and of our ongoing commitment to protecting children and promoting their rights in 2006.

Now, as the New Year gets underway, we wanted to take a moment to cast one more glance back at another important event that occurred last year: the 16th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Here at UNICEF, the Convention on the Rights of the Child serves as a critical foundation for our work. Our efforts, programmes and services are guided by the principles and standards established by the CRC.

Where did the CRC come from? Back in 1989, world leaders decided that children needed their own convention, because people under age 18 often need special care and protection. The leaders also wanted to ensure that the world recognized that children have human rights too.

The Convention sets out these rights in 54 articles and two Optional Protocols. It spells out the basic human rights that belong to children everywhere: the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life.

To learn more about the history of the CRC and its influence on UNICEF’s work, please visit our recently-updated web pages on the Rights of the Child.

Everyone can participate in respecting, protecting and fulfilling children’s rights. We invite you to click on the link above to find out more about the CRC and what you can do.

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Children have rights as human beings and also need special care and protection.

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