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UNICEF marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

East Jerusalem, 20 November 2014 - UNICEF today marked the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the State of Palestine acceded to earlier this year.

In the State of Palestine and elsewhere in the region, there are numerous examples of how the CRC has had a positive impact on children’s lives, from declining infant mortality to rising school enrolment. There is much to celebrate on the 25th anniversary of the Convention, but this historic milestone also serves as an urgent reminder that much remains to be done. Progress has passed over millions of children – particularly the poor, those who belong to ethnic minorities, who live in rural areas, or those with disabilities.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is particularly relevant in Palestine, where half the population are children and adolescents who continue to be severely affected by violence and poverty” said UNICEF Special Representative in the State of Palestine, June Kunugi.

“Amid ongoing conflicts and political turmoil, Palestinian children still do not enjoy their full rights due to conflict, poverty and social factors. The efforts and processes necessary to realise the articles of the Convention will help bring about greater understanding, and we hope commitment among duty-bearers to fulfill their responsibilities towards ensuring a better life for Palestinian children,” she added.

In April this year, Palestine acceded to both the Convention and one of its optional protocols, on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

The Government has also sought to integrate the Convention’s provisions into its legal framework, for example through an Amended Child Law in December 2012, and the establishment of a child protection system. The expected endorsement of a Juvenile Protection Law should help complete the child protection framework.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) outlines the distinct rights of children. Anyone under 18 years old is defined as a human being with a distinct set of rights, instead of a passive object of care and charity. It is the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in the world: 194 countries are States Party to it, including the State of Palestine as of 2 May this year.  

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For more information:

Monica Awad, mawad@unicef.org, +972 54 778 7605
Sajy Elmughanni, selmughanni@unicef.org, +972 59 892 1836

About UNICEF

UNICEF’s fundamental mission is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does. We work with the Government of Palestine to strengthen national laws and policies relating to children; build national capacity; and work with a wide spectrum of duty bearers and partners including government bodies, civil society organizations, technical experts, opinion leaders, communities, caregivers, and children themselves towards the realization of children’s rights. For more information about our work visit: www.unicef.org/opt or www.facebook.com/unicefstateofpalestine

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do.  Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org.

 

 

 
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