Convention on the Rights of the Child

For every child, every right.

Convention on the Rights of the Child: A 7-year-old student and her best friend stand together in a school classroom in India.
© UNICEF/UN0296105/Hajra

Thirty years ago, world leaders made a historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – an international agreement on childhood. 

It’s become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and has helped transform children’s lives around the world. 

But still not every child gets to enjoy a full childhood. Still, too many childhoods are cut short. 

It is up to our generation to demand that leaders from government, business and communities fulfil their commitments and take action for child rights now, once and for all. They must commit to making sure every child, has every right.


Act now for child rights, for now and for generations to come:

Over the past 30 years, children’s lives have been transformed...

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More than 50%
reduction in deaths of children under 5 since 1990
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Almost halved
the proportion of undernourished children since 1990
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2.6 billion
more people have cleaner drinking water today than in 1990

...but millions are still left behind and childhood is changing rapidly.

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262 million
children and youth are out of school
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650 million 
girls and women were married before their 18th birthday
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1 in 4 children
will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040

Join UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham and call on world leaders to keep their promise to children

Convention on the Rights of the Child commemorative event

High-Level commemorative event of the General Assembly on the “Thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child”

25 September 2019 | 8:30 – 9:30 am | New York

In commemoration of the Convention, the General Assembly will convene for a High-Level Commemorative Event on 25 September at the United Nations in New York to celebrate the meaningful milestones and successes of the Convention in transforming the lives of children for the past thirty years since its ratification and acknowledge the challenges posed by the 21st century to the rights of a child.