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Convention on the Rights of the Child

UNICEF and the CRC

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A UNICEF protection officer helps a boy laugh again following an earthquake in Indonesia.

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does. Thanks to its global presence in nearly every country in the world, UNICEF is able to reach places others cannot, and thus is uniquely positioned to make a difference in the lives of children.

UNICEF has more than 60 years' experience working for children and is the only organization specifically named in the Convention on the Rights of the Child as a source of expert assistance and advice.

In advocating to protect children's rights, to help meet their basic needs, and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential, UNICEF helps to strengthen laws and policies and to improve understanding of the Convention at all levels of society.

Among other activities, UNICEF supports countries to ratify and implement the Convention and its Optional Protocols. UNICEF draws attention to the duties of governments, families, communities and individuals to respect those rights and provides support for them to do so.

UNICEF also supports the Committee on the Rights of the Child, which monitors implementation of the Convention and Optional Protocols. UNICEF facilitates broad consultations within countries to maximize the accuracy and impact of reports to the Committee.

UNICEF field offices often take part in different stages of the monitoring process. They assist governments in organizing major consultations prior to drafting their reports and participate in the Committee's review of submitted reports, including working with governments to identify implementation strategies in response to the Committee's recommendations.

Field offices often also help ensure that voices that too often go unheard are reflected in the information presented to the Committee. They do this by facilitating wide-reaching consultations at all levels of society, making oral presentations or submitting written reports on the situation of women and children, and encouraging non-governmental organizations to submit their own reports to the Committee as a supplement to government reports.



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