Happy World Children's Day!
Childhood Today: New Threats, New Opportunities
Let's all celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and celebrate the children of the world.
Thirty years on, child rights have not changed - they have no expiry date. But childhood has changed. In 1989, when the CRC was signed, there was no world wide web, climate change was not fully understood and there were fewer protracted conflicts displacing populations. The rise of digital technology, environmental changes and mass migration are creating new threats, and new opportunities, for children to realise their rights. We must work together to seize those opportunities and identify solutions to old and new threats standing in the way of the realisation of child rights.
Children are Demanding Their Rights. What will you do?
Today, it is children who see these new challenges and opportunities most clearly. Young people are speaking out for their right to an education, demanding an end to discrimination, marching against violence in schools, striking for action on climate change, campaigning for digital reform and calling on leaders to protect their future. Children are telling us, loud and clear, it is time for every child, to have every right. Children are demanding their rights. Duty bearers, hear the call!