20 Years - The Convention on the Rights of the Child

For youth

Students poke their heads into their classroom, through the decorative holes of a concrete wall, at  a UNICEF-assisted primary school in the village of Douakankro, near the central city of Bouaké in the rebel-controlled zone.

What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child?
The CRC was ratified 20 years ago, and if you’re reading this, it’s likely you’re part of the first generation to go from birth to adulthood protected by the CRC. Welcome and congratulations to you and the CRC!

Are you old enough?
How long does childhood last? When are you old enough to go to war? to work? to have sex? to vote? to have your say? Read how different countries around the world answer these questions.

The Convention in your language
There are 54 articles in the Convention. Find out what they are – in your language.

Voices of Youth: Child Rights section
Voices of Youth is UNICEF’s website for young people. Explore more about your rights on their site.

Real-life stories
Need inspiration? There are young people just like you around the world who are doing amazing things to advance children’s rights.

Watch some short 30-second animated shorts illustrating the rights spelled out in the Convention of the Rights of the Child made by directors around the world.

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Watch some short videos made by young people like you, inspired by the rights of the child.

Guide to Action
Whatever cause ignites your passion, this Guide to Action outlines a basic strategy to help focus on an idea, identify an action plan and follow through.

Young people around the world
See the world map and add yourself to it!

Connect with others far and near
Young people all over the world are connecting online on issues that mean something to them. Join the discussion. Find people nearby who care about what you care about.

Be a leader
Be inspired by young leaders who have won the Alexander Bodini Foundation Children’s Awards for their work in advocating for children’s rights.
Or if you are a young leader, inspire others and let us know what you’re doing.

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