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U.S. Should Ratify U.N. Convention On The Rights Of The Child

TIME: Obama Should Take Action to Protect the World’s Children
Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF

“U.S. ratification of the [U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)] is long overdue. … The benefits of U.S. ratification are clear. It would help restore our status as a human rights leader and bolster our credibility as we advocate for improved conditions for children and their families around the world. It would help focus our energies and resources where children need them most and empower children to exercise their rights, here and abroad. … So let’s ask President Obama to send the CRC to the Senate as soon as possible — so that the next Senate can debate and vote on it. U.S. ratification of this treaty will become a powerful symbol of our commitment to children everywhere…” (4/19).

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