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UNICEF to launch special edition of State of the World’s Children to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

NEW YORK/GENEVA, for immediate release – With a press conference at its headquarters, UNICEF will release its flagship report focussing on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly the day before the anniversary itself. The Convention is the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children.  Since 1989, the CRC has achieved near-universal acceptance, having now been ratified by 193 parties – more than belong to the United Nations or have acceded to the Geneva Conventions.

Thursday, 19 November at 9:30 a.m. at UNICEF Headquarters on 44th Street in Manhattan, Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director, Lucy Liu, UNICEF Ambassador and actor and Grace Akallo, former child youth activist and former child soldier will discuss the special edition of the agency’s widely-quoted annual publication, State of the World’s Children which this year will focus on the impact the CRC has had on the lives of millions of children and challenges moving forward.

Friday, 20 November  a commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the CRC will be held in the Trusteeship Council in the United Nations Headquarters from 10:00 to 12 noon.

More on the CRC:
The Convention has achieved near-universal acceptance, having now been ratified by 193 parties – more than belong to the United Nations or have acceded to the Geneva Conventions.

The provisions and principles of the CRC guide UNICEF in its mission of advocating for the protection of children’s rights, helping children to meet their basic needs and expanding their opportunities to reach their full potential. Read more at: http://www.unicef.org/rightsite/

Attention editors and broadcasters:   Multi media packages including photos and b-roll will be available starting from 16th of November at www.thenewsmarket.com/unicef

For further information, embargoed copy of the report, interviews with experts, please contact:
Rebecca Fordham, UNICEF Media, Tel:  1- 212 326  7162  rfordham@unicef.org

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, Tel:  1 – 212 326 7452 kdonovan@unicef.org


 

 

 

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