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Convention on the Rights of the Child

UNICEF’s global work for the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The energy, dedication, and innovation of UNICEF teams help keep the importance of children's rights front and center.

Around the world, UNICEF teams are working together, working in communities and working with policy-makers to advance the goals and ideas linked to the CRC. It’s the interconnectedness of these teams that produce the breadth and effectiveness of UNICEF's work.

Please explore the list below to get a sense of who's doing what for children around the world. 

In Argentina, five short films will be released on TV showing the achievements –in these 25 years– in the field of child rights. UNICEF Argentina will also participate at the MERCOSUR's seminars debating about protection, education and communication of childhood and adolescence. Besides, on November 17th will be released the publication "Historias prematuras", with 10 life stories of premature babies fictionalized by argentine authors.

In Algeria, a public service announcement on child rights will be produced on radio and TV with the participation of UNICEF Ambassadors. A National media award on theCRC @ 25 will be launched on the national radio.

In Argentina, the Universidad de Buenos Aires on will hold two programmes on children’s rights. 


UNICEF Australia welcomed its youngest National Ambassador Callan McAuliffe home to take a child rights message to music festival Splendour in the Grass. Soon, the “Every Child, Everywhere” video, supporting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will launch as well.

In Austria, a workshop on the CRC will be held for adolescents and adults. both in close cooperation with the Vienna International Centre.

In Belgium, a Child Rights festival and an online petition to encourage the public to sign UNICEF Belgium’s manifesto for children’s rights

To mark the CRC anniversary, 80 students from across the country attended a week-long Summer Art Camp organized by UNICEF, in collaboration with Education Ministry, Bhutan Postal Corporation and VAST Bhutan.



A visual to help mark the anniversary

In Canada, there will be a Take your MP (Member of Parliament) to School Day in conjunction with the CRC @ 25.


In Columbia, a video about children's rights was launched at a part of the Learn from Children and Know their Rights campaign.


In Denmark, the sentence ‘Alle børn har ret’ which is similar to ‘The right of every child’ will be used in all media produced by UNICEF Denmark to make the convention more visible for a Danish audience There will also be a website developed to highlight the Convention.



In Finland, there will be a CRC flag-hoisting ceremony at the Parliament, with a preceding public advocacy campaigns by leading children’s’ organisations.

In France, “Each Month a Right”, a web/radio chronicle on key progresses in child rights areas (connected to international holidays) will be broadcast all year. There will also be TV documentary and short films produced in partnership with national French TV, and a National Book Fair dedicated to CRC (expecting 100,000 visitors).

In Georgia, A discussion series (10 discussions) with participation of civil society and media on the most acute child rights issues will be organized thought the year.   

In Germany, there will be a National Day of Action with children, parliamentarians, and volunteers, in discussion with the president.

As part of the activities to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the CRC, UNICEF Ghana is organizing an “Activate Talk” on 5th November, 2014.  This event will bring together four innovators from Ghana who will give brief, engaging presentations on how their solutions are improving the lives of women and children in Ghana. The event will be broadcast live via the Internet at talk.unicef.org.

In Hong Kong, groups of marginalized children invited to produce their own one minute videos portraying their stories. All UNICEF clubs will release the videos in their own schools. There will also be radio segments of Voices of Youth dedicating all of November to stories on marginalized children.

All primary and secondary schools will receive a ‘birthday present’ of CRC education materials, and there will be a launch of an online toolkit of CRC implementation for municipalities

In Italy, a public event for the Italian translation of the State of the World’s Children report and involve schools and young people locally about the topic of innovation.

To celebrate CRC@25 in Japan, there will be a 10-day panel exhibition to show 25 years of CRC and UNICEF’s activities in a public space. We will also hold a reception with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, inviting key figures of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, parliamentarians, and other key partners.

LESOTHO A multi-activity commemoration of the CRC@25 began with UNICEF, Media Institute of Southern Africa Lesotho Chapter (MISA Lesotho) and Lesotho Netball Association (LNA) partnering to implement a range of country wide awareness raising activities.


The third least developed country in the world, Mozambique has been recording some of the highest rates of economic growth in recent years, leading many to believe a major transformation awaits. As Mozambique prepares to take a big leap forward, will children continue to be left behind?

In Norway, there will be a Democracy Project for adolescents--working with the national Broadcast company (NRK) to map challenges related to the CRC from the kids communities, collect the issues and confront the politicians.

Throughout the year, UNICEF will be holding several activities in our country and regional field offices to commemorate the 25th anniversary. Part of these activities, was the Amazing Race Challenge (8-25 year olds) and Banner Design (3-7 year olds).

The CRC anniversary was commemorated in South Africa by UNICEF through a diverse range of initiatives aimed at engaging different sections of society.

Children in South Sudan speak out about their rights on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In Spain, a report will be launched on the situation of children in Spain (at national and regional level). It will include a review on the situation of childhood in Spain 25 years after implementation of the CRC.  There will also be an International Experts Seminar to review the implementation and challenges of the CRC after 25 years.

In Sweden, among other activities, there will be a seminar during political/lobbying week in July (Almedalen), and on 20 November, there will be a hearing where children and youth ask politicians questions.

In Switzerland, there will be a publication of research and survey findings on the situation of children and adolescents.

In the UK, there will be a launch of Rights Respecting Schools at the heart of CRC @ 25; it was built over 5 years a major public moment for schools to help engage public discourse on children's rights.



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