30 years of child rights: Time to Pledge Recommitment to Children

Historic gains and undeniable achievements, but little progress for the world’s poorest children - UNICEF

19 November 2019
children stand in a neighbourhood
UNICEF/PAKISTAN/Asad Zaidi

Islamabad, 19 November 2019 – There have been historic gains overall for the world’s children since the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted 30 years ago. However, many of the poorest children are yet to feel the impact, according to The Convention on the Rights of the Child at a Crossroadsa new report released by UNICEF today.

“There have been impressive gains for children over the past three decades, as more and more are living longer, better and healthier lives. However, the odds continue to be stacked against the poorest and most vulnerable,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “In addition to the persistent challenges of health, nutrition and education, children today have to contend with new threats like climate change, online abuse and cyberbullying. Only with innovation, new technologies, political will and increased resources will we help translate the vision of the Convention on the Rights of the Child into a reality for all children everywhere.”

Part of commemorations marking the 30th anniversary of the CRC across the world, the report looks at the undeniable achievements of the past three decades, proof that where there is political will and determination, children’s lives improve. 

In Pakistan, UNICEF and the Ministry of Human Rights are pushing children’s agenda forward through a legislative review of the child rights legislation at the federal and provincial levels, and a host of other initiatives.

“As one of the countries that ratified the CRC within a year of its adaption, Pakistan has made significant strides to prioritize children’s issues. However, a lot more needs to be done,” said Aida Girma, UNICEF Representative in Pakistan. “Poverty and social norms are impediments that continue to hold our children back. These must be overcome through collective and accelerated efforts to ensure that all children get equal and all rights everywhere in Pakistan.”

The objective of the legislative review is to assess the compliance of existing laws with CRC and the 2016 recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child to Pakistan. The process has helped identify gaps and recommend actions in view of accelerating the realization of child rights across the country.

To commemorate the CRC@30 and the World Children’s Day in Pakistan, UNICEF will have 20 iconic buildings lit up blue in Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Ziarat, Karachi and Lahore on

Wednesday night. During the day, UNICEF will broadcast messages on child rights from the President of Pakistan, H.E. Arif Alvi and many other celebrities.

UNICEF has also organized lessons on the CRC and consultations with children and adolescents in all the provincial capitals, resulting in a “Charter of Demand” which will be presented to the President of Pakistan during an event organized by the Ministry of Human Rights and UNICEF in Islamabad to be held in early December. An exhibition of artwork produced by children to highlight their rights will also be exhibited at the event.

On UNICEF’s request, the Pakistan Post has issued a special commemorative postal stamp for CRC@30.

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