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|Newly appointed UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War Ishmael Beah speaks at the 18th anniversary celebration of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, at UNICEF House.|
The Convention protects children's rights by setting standards in health care; education; and legal, civil and social services. By agreeing to undertake the obligations of the Convention (by ratifying or acceding to it), national governments have committed themselves to protecting and ensuring children's rights and they have agreed to hold themselves accountable for this commitment before the international community. They are obliged to develop and undertake all actions and policies in the light of the best interests of the child.
The Convention is founded on respect for the dignity and worth of each individual, regardless of race, colour, gender, language, religion, opinions, origins, wealth, birth status or ability and therefore apply to every human being everywhere. With these rights comes the obligation on both governments and individuals not to infringe on the rights of others.
To celebrate, UNICEF has created a website that is engaging, interactive and educational to enable young people to voice their opinions and ideas regarding the CRC.
To view webiste please see link:http://www.unicef.org/knowyourrights/
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NEW YORK, 20 November 2007 - Experts discuss impact of the CRC
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Cambridge University Press: 'Protecting Children from War'
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