It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure that children's rights are respected.

In 1989, the international community adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention states that all children, everywhere, have the rights to survival and opportunity, to protection from abuse and exploitation, and to have a say in decisions that affect them. It is a legally binding document and its fundamental principles are non-negotiable.

The governments of the world have made a commitment to put children first, and they reconfirmed that commitment at the Special Session on Children in 2002. Now it is up to us, adults and children alike, to make sure this promise becomes a reality. Many organisations and people are already working together to ensure that this is never forgotten – find out about them here!

The KidsRights Millennium Development Goals Conference 2010

As there are five years left to achieve the MDGs, the KidsRights Foundation has chosen the global event of the World Football Championship games in South-Africa as the perfect occasion to combine necessity with leisure.With the support of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the W.F. de Klerk Foundation, 1Goal Campaign and the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, KidsRights wants to redirect the world’s attention and energy to the position of children worldwide.The MDGs have a great focus on the disadvantaged position of children, but in the development of the world as a whole the development of the children slowly fades into the background. In the presence of the world’s press we want to...

Governments putting children first

Governments of the world have made legally binding promises to the children of their countries. Here are the answers to all those questions about your government's promises... click on the links below to get to them.The Convention on the Rights of the ChildOn 20 November 1989 the United Nations General Assembly (including 191 countries around the world) made promises to children by formally adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention provides the framework for the promotion and protection of the basic human rights of all children, everywhere, all the time.The rights of children and the standards to which all governments must aspire in realising these rig...

But the children cannot wait

A Tsunami of poverty sweeps the globe. Millions of children are affected. At last world leaders are to come together to discuss the rescue operation. They ask the UN to set out a plan of action. They agree to meet at the most senior level. But they warn that expectations should not be raised too high and that change will take some time.The children cannot wait. For every 3 seconds that action is delayed, another child will die of easily preventable causes; every day that passes 100 million of the poorest children will miss another day at primary school; and every night that the diplomats adjourn for another dinner on expenses, 300 million children go to bed hungry for yet another night.'But ...

Monitoring the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child is a coalition of international non-governmental organisations, which work together to facilitate the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. (What is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child? Click here to find out.) The NGO Group was originally formed in 1983 when members of the NGO Group were actively involved in the drafting of the Convention.The NGO Group has a Liaison Unit that supports participation of the NGOs, particularly national coalitions, in the reporting process to the Committee on the Rights of the Child as well as other activities to ensure the implementation of th...
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