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World Marks 25th Anniversary Of U.N. Child Rights Convention; Report Says Some Gains But Challenges Remain

News outlets discuss the 25th anniversary of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as a report examining progress.

The Guardian: Children’s rights being ‘violated with impunity’
“…As the world marks the 25th anniversary of the convention (CRC), gains made in education, reducing child mortality, and recognizing the inalienable rights of children have been hailed, but U.N. member states have been criticized for failing to deliver on promises contained in the world’s most widely ratified rights treaty…” (Chonghaile, 11/19).

Newsweek: Are Children Better Off Today Than 25 Years Ago? Yes and No, New Report Says
“Twenty-five years since the United Nations ratified its Convention on the Rights of the Child, have the lives of the world’s children improved? A new report tried to answer that question and found some gains among ongoing and long-standing challenges. Examining the quality of life for children in 190 countries, the report card by the University of California’s World Policy Analysis Center found that while child mortality has been halved and more children are graduating from school since the convention was signed in 1989, major issues remain, including child labor, child marriage, and discrimination against children with disabilities…” (Westcott, 11/19).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. spotlights children’s rights as world gears up to mark 25th anniversary of landmark treaty
“As the global human rights community readies to celebrate [Thursday as] the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations committee charged with monitoring its implementation highlighted the right of children to actively participate — and not just be heard — in discussions that affect their lives and communities…” (11/19).

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