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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

On 20 November 1989, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The adoption of the UNCRC was a major achievement for children, and has provided the basis for greatly increased accountability for the realisation of children’s rights at national level. Nearly all governments in the world have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and there is no doubt that many positive changes have come about in the lives of children thanks to the Convention. However, there is no country in the world where all rights for all children are fulfilled.

As long ago as 1923, Save the Children’s founder, Eglantyne Jebb, wrote the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. She proposed five fundamental principles for children’s rights, which were important when the Convention was established. Save the Children has a strong, long-standing commitment to the advancement of all children’s rights, for every child, everywhere – in both emergency and longer-term development contexts. This commitment goes right back to the early years of the organisation’s foundation and is now part of the organisation’s DNA. 

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