30 years on the UN Children's Rights Convention is a broken promise
Thirty years after global leaders signed up to protect the rights of children around the world, child focused
organisations say not enough has been done and millions of children are still not getting their basic needs met.
On the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, a new report from six of the world’s largest
child-focused organisations says it is time for the global community to fulfil its broken promises.
The report has been produced by Joining Forces, a collaboration between World Vision, ChildFund Alliance, Plan
International, Save the Children International, SOS Children’s Villages International, and Terre des Hommes
The report makes the case for a new era of commitment for children and calls on governments to take bold action to
target the children who continue to suffer, often the result of discrimination based on gender identity, race, caste,
religion, disability or sexual orientation.
Global statistics reflect the challenges that remain. Each year:
• More than 5 million children die from preventable causes, and nearly half of these deaths are attributable to
• 95,000 children a year are murdered, and 15 million adolescent girls are raped;
• 64 million children lack access to primary education.
The Joining Forces Alliance is calling on governments to embrace and act on all parts of the Convention on the Rights of
the Child. This must include:
• Implementing legislation, policies, budgets, and programmes that are inclusive of all children;
• Promoting the rights of all marginalised children and championing gender equality;
• And supporting children’s meaningful participation and upholding their rights to freedom of expression and
Giving children a real voice and listening to and heeding their views will be crucial for progress. Children are still
widely treated as passive recipients of decisions taken by adults, despite that fact that children’s right to
participate is one of the core principles of the UN Convention. "Listen to us,” said Lucia, a young person from Spain
who was interviewed as part of the report process. “There are many people who think that when you are a child, your
opinion isn't worthy. Even if it's good.”
To read the full report and recommendations click here: https://child-rights-now.org/