UNICEF, United Nations Children's Fund
Written by Kevin Watkins, Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute, this essay analogizes a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. on the “fierce urgency of now” in upholding the pledge for justice made in the “promissory note” of the American Constitution. Watkins upholds that the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is also a promissory note backed by 184 countries to the world’s children.
This essay critiques international debates, lack of law into action, addressing inequality, and other shortcomings that nations have fallen into in not pursuing and fulfilling the CRC. Additionally, Watkins highlights global and national occurrences that have been positive change for CRC implementation and child rights.
The information in this essay is also relevant for humanitarian aid agencies as it highlights the importance of child participation and other areas in which agencies can improve their services.