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Newly appointed UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War Ishmael Beah speaks at the 18th anniversary celebration of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, at UNICEF House.
NEW YORK, 20 November 2007 - This year marked the 18th anniversary of the CRC. That means that anyone who turned 18 in 2007 was among then first generation to reach adulthood under the protection of the CRC.

The Convention sets out the rights of children in 54 articles and two Optional Protocols. It spells out the basic human rights that children everywhere have: the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life.

The four core principles of the Convention are:

  • Non-discrimination;
  • Devotion to the best interests of the child;
  • The right to life, survival and development; and
  • Respect for the views of the child.

The Convention protects children's rights by setting standards in health care; education; and legal, civil and social services. By agreeing to undertake the obligations of the Convention (by ratifying or acceding to it), national governments have committed themselves to protecting and ensuring children's rights and they have agreed to hold themselves accountable for this commitment before the international community. They are obliged to develop and undertake all actions and policies in the light of the best interests of the child.

The Convention is founded on respect for the dignity and worth of each individual, regardless of race, colour, gender, language, religion, opinions, origins, wealth, birth status or ability and therefore apply to every human being everywhere. With these rights comes the obligation on both governments and individuals not to infringe on the rights of others.

To celebrate, UNICEF has created a website that is engaging, interactive and educational to enable young people to voice their opinions and ideas regarding the CRC.

To view webiste please see link:https://www.unicef.org/knowyourrights/

Related press releases and news notes:

NEW YORK, 20 November 2007 -Ishmael Beah Appointed UNICEF Advocate, on the Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

NEW YORK, 20 November 2007 - Experts discuss impact of the CRC



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