Is the World a Better Place for Children?


Human Wrongs Watch

This November marks 25 years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Does a child born today have better prospects in life than one who was born at the time the Convention came into being?

© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-1227/Holt | Children stand on a hilltop overlooking a UNICEF-assisted child-friendly space in a Kibati camp for the displaced near Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-1227/Holt | Children stand on a hilltop overlooking a UNICEF-assisted child-friendly space in a Kibati camp for the displaced near Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The world made an extraordinary commitment to all children through its adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

But today, many of those commitments have not been acted upon, and the rights of too many children are violated daily.

This November marks 25 years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF is taking the opportunity to raise the question: Does a child born today have better prospects in life than one who was born at the time the Convention came into being? Read the report

“Is the world a better place for children” is a living digital document and throughout the rest of 2014, policy-makers around the world will continue to debate ths question and their essays will be hosted here. Check back for more. 

25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Is the world a better place for children?

25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Is the world a better place for children?

Child Rights in the digital future

How do children see their rights affected by digital media and tools?

In July and August 2014, 148 children in 16 countries took part in workshops to discuss the opportunities and risks associated with digital media; these discussions – and the voices of the child participants of the workshops – are reflected in the report Children’s Rights in the Digital Age: A Download from Children Around the World

“I think all children should have access to the internet and, through social networks and blogs, be able to fight for their rights, demanding solutions and improvements from the authorities… They should have access to technology, to understand that the world is huge and the opportunities immense.” – Rene  Silva (17), Brazil.

Rene is one of 12 ‘digital champions’ featured in a the report that UNICEF is launching in collaboration with the Young & Well Cooperative Research Centre.

Findings were presented at the Day of General Discussion, a meeting focusing on digital media and child rights that was convened by the Committee on the Rights of the Child on 12 September 2014. The report contains 12 profiles of digital champions harnessing the power of digital for children’s rights. (*Source: UNICEF. Go to Original).

2014 Human Wrongs Watch

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