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. 

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.

Emergency Reponse

Oksana Deynega, the director of school number 4, holds a shell fragment and bullets recently collected from the school grounds in Avdiivka, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, Monday 27 November 2017.
UNICEF/UN0150881/Gilbertson VII Photo

After nearly four years of conflict in eastern Ukraine, 3.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance – 60 per cent of them are women and children. Approximately 1.6 million people have been forced from their homes and tens of thousands of civilians have been killed or wounded.

UNICEF is supporting health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, access to safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for children and families caught in the conflict.

We call on all sides of the conflict to recommit to the ceasefire signed in Minsk in August 2015, and to respect international humanitarian law, including allowing unrestricted humanitarian access.