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UNICEF celebrates 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child 28 November 2007

UNICEF’s first Advocate for Children Affected by War, former child soldier Ishmael Beah, has pledged to give a voice and hope to children whose lives have been scarred by violence.

Mr. Beah’s appointment was announced in New York on 20 November to mark the 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which aims to protect the basic rights of all children. The CRC 18th anniversary is considered especially significant because it represents the point at which an entire generation has grown up under the auspices of the Convention.

UNICEF has launched a special ‘CRC@18’ website to raise awareness about the anniversary and involve young people in advocating for their rights. The site includes videos, educational materials and a special ‘magnetic poetry’ game provided by Moonstone Interactive.

In the virtual world of Teen Second Life, an international group of teenagers observed 18 years of child rights with an online screening of their short videos on different themes of the CRC. The screening was organized with UNICEF’s partner Global Kids.

UNICEF also celebrated the Convention’s 18-year milestone at an inter-generational roundtable in Geneva, a Tokyo symposium on helping children left behind, a youth rally at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and other events around the world. Learn more about this landmark anniversary.

Cyclone in Bangladesh

Rights guaranteed to children under the CRC are often at greatest risk in an emergency, so UNICEF and its partners reacted with urgent concern last week to the devastation wrought by Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh. Children are at the core of the disaster response by UNICEF, which is scaling up support in the areas of nutrition, water and sanitation, hygiene, essential medicines and protection for the cyclone’s youngest survivors. More...

Roger Federer speaks out

Meanwhile, in the run-up to World AIDS Day, 1 December, Association of Tennis Professionals champion and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer has recorded a video message about HIV and AIDS – and the disastrous impact on children’s rights if the pandemic is not stopped. Mr. Federer’s public service announcement supports the ongoing Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign, launched two years ago by UNICEF and UNAIDS. More...

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On the 18th anniversary of the CRC, former child soldier Ishmael Beah accepts appointment as UNICEF Advocate for Children as Executive Director Ann M. Veneman looks on.

VIDEO: UNICEF correspondent Rachel Bonham Carter reports on virtual videos made by youths in Teen Second Life, inspired by the CRC.
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