UNICEF in Iran

UNICEF in Iran


Convention on the Rights of the Child

Nearly 25 years ago, the world made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential.

This year, as we approach the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), there is much to celebrate: from declining infant mortality, to rising school enrolment, to better opportunities for girls.

In spite of the overall gains, there are many children who have fallen even further behind. Old challenges have combined with new problems to deprive many children of their rights and the benefits of development.To meet these challenges, and to reach those children who are hardest to reach, we need new ways of thinking and new ways of doing.


The Islamic Republic of Iran signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 5 September 1991 and ratified it on 13 July 1994.

Upon Ratification, the government  of the Islamic Republic of Iran set a general reservation which says:

"The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves the right not to apply any provisions or articles of the Convention that are incompatible with Islamic Laws and the international legislation in effect."

Optional Protocols to the CRC

FAQs and resources

Iran's Periodic Reports to the CRC Committee





Text of the Convention

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