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Celebrating Children’s Rights Is Important, but More Progress Is Needed

November 25, 2019


November 20 marked World Children’s Day and the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), a historic commitment to the world’s children. Being the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history, it set the legal framework and put children’s rights firmly on the international policy agenda, transforming children’s lives around the world. While important to celebrate, it is also an opportunity to consider Article 12 of the UNCRC—the right of a child to participate in decision-making—and ask if enough progress is being made in this important area.

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