Convention on the Rights of the Child

Celebrating 30 years in South Asia 1989-2019

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In the 30 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted in 1989, the nations of South Asia have made great progress in implementing its provisions. Applicable laws, public budgets, child rights supportive social beliefs, civil society commitment, and youth awareness and self-confidence have all increased. By every important measure from poverty to mortality to education to gender equality to protection of the most vulnerable children, the situation in South Asia has moved positively.

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the CRC’s adoption, UNICEF wishes to acknowledge the great progress made in South Asia while also drawing attention to remaining challenges. This document focuses in on 8 areas where there is still much work to be done. These issues range from broad social concerns like gender equality to traditional sectors like education and juvenile justice. For each, the short chapter covers three essential topics:

• The present situation, covering key data and contextual information in the region;

• The reaction of the CRC Committee in Geneva to the most recent submissions by the State parties; and

• The Way Forward, a set of practical approaches and aspirational goals for any society and every government.

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