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Convention on the Rights of the Child

All children have one thing in common – their rights.

Twenty-five years ago, the world made a promise to all its children. When leaders adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child they committed to do everything in their power to promote and protect children’s rights.

Great progress has been achieved since the Convention was adopted. However, looking back on 25 years of progress reminds us what is still left to do

Far fewer children now die before their fifth birthdays than 25 years ago. But in 2012, some 6.6 million children under 5 years of age died, mostly from preventable causes, depriving them of their fundamental right to survive and develop.

Every child has the right to an education, and more children are now realizing that right – but 57 million girls and boys of primary age are still out of school.

Even where progress is being made, too often the shape of children’s lives is determined by where they are born, how much money their family makes, or what social or ethnic group they belong to.

The vision of the Convention can only be achieved if all children’s rights are realized, including the most disadvantaged. No child can be left behind.

This demands innovative solutions, creative ideas and fresh thinking.

New ideas and approaches – including innovative services, products, processes and systems – are critical to closing the gaps that prevent so many children from realizing their rights.  Innovation means being willing to do things differently and try new ideas, keeping the ones that work and learning from the ones that don’t.

Innovation is part of UNICEF’s history. For over six decades, UNICEF has been convening development agencies, academia, industry, children and their communities to create solutions that transform lives.

Innovation can come in many forms, from finding inventive ways for girls to get to school, to developing ready-to-use therapeutic food to treat severe acute malnutrition, long lasting insecticidal bed nets to prevent the spread of malaria, and RapidSMS, a free, open-source framework for dynamic data collection, logistics coordination and communication using basic mobile phone technology.

When children fail to thrive and fulfill their potential as they grow into adulthood, it is not only these children but all of us who suffer the consequences. Their well-being is a direct reflection of the well-being of society as a whole.

To kick off a series of global events on innovation, UNICEF Uganda puts the spotlight on innovations that help children from pre-birth to adulthood.



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