When, local time: Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Where: France, Paris
Type of Event: Meeting by Member States or Institutions
On the 20th November 2019, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) will celebrate 30 years since its adoption. This anniversary is an opportunity to bring together key actors, whether directly involved or not, for discussion.
The Convention enshrines the fundamental rights of all children: the right to equality; the right to live in a family environment; the right to an identity; the right to health; the right to education and leisure; the right of disabled children to live in the community; the right to privacy; freedom of expression; the right to be protected from all forms of violence and exploitation; the right to child-friendly justice; and the right to be protected in wartime. The four fundamental principles of the Convention are non-discrimination, the best interests of the child, the right to survival and development and the participation of children.
According to articles 28 and 29 of the Convention, States have a legal obligation to ensure the right to education of all children. The CRC recognizes the right to education in terms of universality, participation, respect and inclusion. While the right to education is a fundamental right in itself, it is also key to the enjoyment of all other rights, be they civil, political, economic or social.
Despite these legal commitments, violations of the rights of the child persist across the globe, and so it is vital to consider the concrete responses that must be made to meet these challenges in order to ensure children’s rights are protected.