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Namibia, 20 November 2014: A World of Difference: 25 CRC Achievements – 25 Years of Progress for Namibia’s Children


On the 20th November 2014, Namibia will be joining the world to mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC). It was in 1989 that the world made a commitment to all its children: that we would do everything in our power to promote and protect their rights.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most ratified human rights treaty in history. CRC has transformed the way in which children are viewed and treated across the world.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child was among the first international treaties that the newly independent Namibia ratified in 1990 showing Namibia’s great commitment to realize the rights of children from the start.

The CRC offers a vision of the world where all children survive and develop to their full potential without discrimination, and are protected, respected and encouraged to participate in decisions that affect their lives. This has translated into concrete and measurable successes in children’s survival, development and protection.

Around the globe and indeed in Namibia, far fewer children die in the first five years of life than when the CRC was adopted in 1989. Far fewer children are out of school, far fewer are undernourished and far fewer are lacking basic services such as water, sanitation and health care.

While the CRC has brought great progress for some children, it has not brought progress to all children in Namibia. Undeniably, inequity both among and within the country, has become one of the greatest challenges of our time, and UNICEF’s particular concern is finding workable mechanisms that will assist in reducing the impact of inequity on children in Namibia.

There is much to celebrate as we mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention however, looking back on 25 years of progress reminds us that much remains to be done. Too many children still do not enjoy their full rights on par with their peers. The vision of the Convention can only be achieved if all children’s rights are realized, including the most disadvantaged.

It is our collective duty to ensure that the rights of every child in Namibia are realized. No child should be left behind.



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