Convention on the Rights of the Child
For every child, every right
Thirty years ago, world leaders made a historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – an international agreement on childhood.
It’s become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and has helped transform children’s lives around the world.
But still, not every child gets to enjoy a full childhood. Still, too many childhoods are cut short. A report published by UNICEF to mark the 30th anniversary of the convention explains how many of the world's poorest children have yet to feel its impact.
It is up to our generation to demand that leaders from government, business and communities fulfil their commitments and take action for child rights now, once and for all. They must commit to making sure every child, has every right.
Read and download the Convention on the Rights of the Child -- the most widely ratified human rights treaty
We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination
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