An open letter to the world’s children

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An open letter to the world’s children


In November 2019, the world marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly adopting the Convention on the Rights of the Child. To commemorate this occasion, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore has written this open letter to the world’s children.

The letter describes the enormous progress that the international community has made in realizing child rights over the past three decades and addresses ‘frontier’ issues that will affect child rights in the next 30 years – such as climate change, digital privacy, mental health, misinformation, conflict, displacement and migration. In the letter, Executive Director Fore outlines solutions to many of these emerging challenges, while highlighting the opportunities that will also emerge for the next generation of children and young people.

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