The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. Discover the key Convention documents and related publications and resources.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols text
Status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols
Monitoring the Convention and States Parties reports
For students and teachers
Envisage a future world where all child rights are realized and a sustainable future is secured. Through a set of lessons and activities, students will learn about the relationship between the Sustainable Development Goals and children’s rights, and identify actions they can take to make both of these a reality in their own lives and communities. Resources include a teachers’ guide and activities that can be implemented at school-level to celebrate World Children’s Day and the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Interested in learning more about child rights? Take this short course to transform and/or refresh your understanding of child rights and a child rights approach, introduce you to UNICEF’s mandate as it relates to child rights, and inspire you to apply a child rights lens to our everyday work and life.
Why do children have their own rights? Find out how much you know about child rights!
Developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children – the Children’s Rights and Business Principles are the first comprehensive set of principles to guide companies on the full range of actions they can take in the workplace, marketplace and community to respect and support children’s rights.
For governments, NGOs and human rights practitioners
Published in connection with the 30th anniversary of the Convention, this report is intended as an advocacy tool to both celebrate the achievements of the past three decades and generate dialogue on the critical work that remains – especially for children who have been left behind.
An interactive document that aims to encourage an in-depth and broad-based exploration of the links and synergies between the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Child rights education toolkit: Rooting child rights in early childhood education, Primary and Secondary Schools
The toolkit defines what is meant by child rights education and the child rights approach. The toolkit explains the relevance of child rights education to UNICEF’s mission and the ways in which education can take place in a range of contexts – including with professionals, caregivers, the corporate sector, the media, and children’s groups.
This study explores child rights education in early childhood education, primary and secondary schools in 26 countries. It includes a literature review, results from an online survey completed by national experts, seven country case studies and a series of benchmarking statements to guide implementation of child rights education.