The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is 25 this year. Governments, UN agencies, NGOs, Civil Society and children around the world will be celebrating. Global celebrations of the CRC@25 will culminate in a special session of the UN General Assembly on 20 November, the day that the Convention came into being in 1989.
In Sri Lanka we have a lot to celebrate in terms of progress towards the implementation of the UN CRC since it was ratified in 1991. National indicators on children are very good compared to most nations in the region and to many countries in other predominantly middle income regions. The legal and policy framework for children is solid and most children enjoy basic services across the country. There are of course areas for improvement but also considerable political will to make those improvements.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the most widely ratified convention in the world, just three countries have failed to ratify. The Convention provides a holistic guidance for a normative framework for national legislation and policy concerning children; this considers their rights to survival, development, protection and participation.
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