November 20th, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, an international human rights document signed and ratified by UN member countries in 1989. The CRC provides a human rights framework and an outline of basic standards without which children cannot survive and develop in dignity. The rights contained in this document are considered inalienable and universal. The CRC articulates children's rights in a holistic manner and provides a set of guiding principles that fundamentally shapes the way in which we view children. However, two states – the US and Somalia – have yet to ratify the convention.

UNICEF Factsheets

Several of UNICEF's publications are essential resources and reference documents for using the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocols to promote and protect children’s rights.

A World Fit For Children

Adult Wars: Child Soldiers Handbook on Legislative Reform: Realising Children's Rights, Volume 1

The Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Guide to the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict

Child Protection: A Handbook for Parliamentarians

View a complete list of UNICEF publications
UNICEF CRC resources
Rights under the CRC
Read the CRC 


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