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Convention on the Rights of the Child

UNICEF publications

UNICEF produces a wide range of publications with analyses and information of interest to governments, civil society, the media and others concerned with the well-being of children. Several of UNICEF's publications are essential resources and reference documents for using the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocols to promote and protect children’s rights.  These include (all in PDF format):

A World Fit for Children. This book is a resource for those working to improve the lives of children. It contains documents such as the Millennium Development Goals, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and documents of the UN General Assembly's Special Session on Children

Handbook on Legislative Reform: Realising Children's Rights, Volume 1. The Handbook on Legislative Reform aims to support the effective implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).  The Handbook advocates for a human rights-based approach to legislative reform with gender equality at its core.  It is inspired by the need for innovative processes and approaches to the establishment of a legal framework that effectively protects children (both girls and boys) and ensures the full realisation of their rights.  It is also motivated by the need to disseminate more widely practical experiences of rights-based approaches to legislative reform initiatives in favour of children. 

The Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Fully revised third edition in PDF format - hard copy can be ordered here). This Handbook provides a record and analysis of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. There are ‘Implementation Checklists for each article. The Handbook includes the two Optional Protocols to the Convention, and their guidelines for reporting.

The Guide to the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict. Produced by UNICEF and the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, the Guide provides an overview of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on children in armed conflict, including key provisions and the legislative processes involved for signature and ratification or accession. The Guide aims to support child rights advocates in their work for ratification and implementation of the Optional Protocol.

Child Protection: A Handbook for Parliamentarians. This IPU/UNICEF co-publication, outlines measures parliamentarians can take to protect children and promote their rights, including adopting and enforcing strong laws protecting children, overseeing government activity, allocating financial resources, raising awareness and providing advocacy.

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