Children First

Is concern for the world's children likely to last?

A girl looking through a microscope


Starting from the International Year of the Child in 1979, development historian Maggie Black studies the two movements which have done most to raise the visibility of children in the public consciousness: the child survival campaign, highlighted by the 1990 World Summit for Children; and the movement for children's rights, which led to the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, now ratified by 191 countries.

Children First explores what brought these two movements such unprecedented success, and asks: Is this new found concern for the world's children likely to last? 

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