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Each child is an individual with his or her own rights to be respected and protected.
What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child?
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most universally accepted human rights instrument in history. It is also the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights. More
The Convention was adopted by the United Nations in 1989. It spells out the basic human rights to which children everywhere are entitle: the right to survival, development, protection and participation.
The Convention is the result of 10 years of consultation and negotiation between government officials, lawyers, health care professionals, social workers, educators, children's support groups, non-governmental organizations andreligious groups from around the world. At present, 193 countries have ratified the Convention.
The Convention came into force in Hong Kong in 1994, and its provisions continue to apply to Hong Kong after the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Governments that ratify the Convention must report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child. Reporters on the situation of children's rights in their countries are made within twoyears of ratification, and every five years thereafter. The HKSAR's first report under the Convention was submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child as part of China's second report in June 2003.
What are the four rights included in the Convention?
Every child has the rights to:
Special care, if he or she is disabled, that ensures dignity, promotes self-reliance and facilitates active participation in the community
Every child has the right to special protection:
Every child has the right to:
Every child has the right to:
Why do the world's children need UNICEF?
The United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF – is the world’s leading children’s charity. It works to make the world a better place for children. More
In emergencies, like wars, earthquakes or tsunamis, UNICEF makes sure children get the help they need, fast. And, in more than 150 different countries, UNICEF is working to change children’s lives for good, so they can grow up safe, happy, healthy and educated.
Clean water to drink
UNICEF works globally to help more children to get clean water and proper toilets. We work with schools to help children to learn about good hygiene, such as washing your hands. This stops children from getting ill.
Good food to eat
UNICEF works with the World Food Programme around the world to help children to get the food they need. If children are very ill because they don’t have enough to good food to eat, UNICEF helps to make sure they get the right food and medicine to make them feel better.
In many countries, getting bitten by a mosquito can give children an illness called malaria, but sleeping under a mosquito net can help to protect them. Vaccinations can stop children from getting lots of serious illnesses. UNICEF provides vaccines and mosquito nets to keep children healthy, and helps children and their families to learn how to stay healthy.
School for all
UNICEF aims to get every child into school. There are many ways to do this, such as making school free, offering free lunches, keeping schools are safe, and making sure schools have clean water and toilets. UNICEF also sets up special classes for children who have to go to work, at times when they are able to go.
Help in emergencies
When there are emergencies, UNICEF works quickly to keep children safe from harm. We help to get clean water, food, shelter and medical care. We set up temporary schools and special places for children to play. We make sure they have someone to talk to about their troubles, so they can carry on with their lives.
Children and AIDS
UNICEF works all over the world to protect children and their parents from AIDS, and to make sure people who do have AIDS get the medical help they need. UNICEF works to support children who are orphaned by AIDS.