Convention on the Rights of the Child

adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989a

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For the purposes of the present Convention, a child means every human being below the age of eighteen years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier.

States Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in the present Convention to each child within their jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child's or his or her parent's or legal guardian's race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.

States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that the child is protected against all forms of discrimination or punishment on the basis of the status, activities, expressed opinions, or beliefs of the child's parents, legal guardians, or family members.

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Child rights in Moldova

Moldova acceded to the Convention in 1993 and has proved its commitment to make a change in children’s lives by protecting and promoting their rights. UNICEF has been supporting authorities, families and communities all along to make Moldova a nurturing nation for children. After years of work, we are happy to acknowledge that more children survive and celebrate their first and fifth birthdays. More children grow up at home with their parents. Less children are sentenced to detention. More schools opened their doors to children with disabilities and special needs. Education is almost universal and the voices of children are more powerful and count to all of us. 

As UNICEF we believe that everyone in Moldova has the duty and ability to do more for realization of child rights. Despite the progress, some disparities still exist, which prevent most vulnerable and disadvantaged children from living in dignity, reaching their full potential and making choices about their future.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified international human rights treaty in history, is the world’s promise to children everywhere.