This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC30), the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. Thirty years ago, world leaders united around a common cause and adopted the CRC, an international agreement on childhood, that helped transform children’s lives.
Today, child rights have not changed, they have no expiry date. But childhood has changed. Urgent, concrete action is needed to protect and promote the rights of every child, now, and for future generations.
“We are proud to be working with many governments across the Pacific region who have signed the global pledge to re-commit to the CRC this year and are demonstrating the importance of children having a voice in the development of their countries. We acknowledge the support and commitment of the governments in protecting, promoting and fulfilling the rights of children on this momentous occasion,” said UNICEF Pacific Representative, Sheldon Yett.
Across the Pacific Region, there are several events taking place to commemorate CRC30 on World Children’s Day:
In the Federated States of Micronesia, a National Youth Summit and launch of the U-Report programme, a youth-led project utilising digital technology, is currently underway this week with the President, H.E. David W. Panuelo, as key guest. The College of Micronesia is partnering with UNICEF for this event and students will produce films and photos to document the youth summit.