THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS Of THE CHild is an international statement of the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children. The UN General Assembly adopted the Convention and opened it for signature on 20 November 1989(the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child).
We have made significant progress in the 20 years since the world made this set of promises to children.
But the rights of many millions of children are still being denied. Children still die of easily preventable causes, still lack protection, education, food, shelter and clean water, and still face poverty and discrimination.
Much remains to be done.
A better life for every child Help keep the promise
UNICEF protects and promotes children’s rights. Our practical programmes help meet every child’s right to be healthy, to be educated, to be treated fairly, to be listened to, and to have a childhood protected from violence, abuse and exploitation. We work with governments and communities to help them keep their promise to fulfil children’s rights.