New UNICEF report on 30 years of child rights

Today, November 20th, is World Children’s Day – the global day of action for child rights. This year marks 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history.There have been historic gains overall for the world’s children in the past 30 years. However, many of the poorest children are yet to feel the impact, says a new UNICEF report.(>reports> SOWC)),aa the Convention stands at a crossroads. the past three decades the number of children missing out on primary school has been reduced by almost 40 per cent. hirty years ago, polio paralyzed or killed almost 1,000 children every day. Today, 99 per cent of those cases have been eliminated.owever, significant obstacles to children’s rights remain, especially for the most vulnerable.Fififteen thousand children under five still die every day, mostly from treatable diseases and other preventable causes.At the same time, the world’s children face alarming new threats to their survival and well-being, such as climate change and online bullying. Childhood has changed and urgent action is needed to realize the rights of every child. Thirty years ago, world leaders made a historic commitment to the world’s children. The Convention is proof that the world can take bold and decisive action in support of a better future for all. It is now up to our generation. And it’s young people who are leading the way, speaking out, demanding urgent action and proposing new solutions.We are marching, we are campaigning and we are speaking up for ourselves,” said Syrian refugee and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan at the United Nations General Assembly in September. “We need you to join us.”
On World Children’s Day, stand with children around the world and demand action: it is time for every child, to have every right.