November 20th is Universal Children’s Day. Established in 1954 by a United Nations resolution, the day’s purpose is to focus attention on the welfare of children around the world.
This short film from the United Nations describes the 8 time-based Millennium Development Goals.
There are two billion children in the world. Every second child is living in poverty, lacking at least one of the essentials of life; food, shelter, medical care, education, clean water, gender equality or sanitation. UNICEF reports that nearly 25,000 of these children die daily from wholly preventable causes, every day of the year, year [...]
Too often we see Africa as a place where children struggle for the basics of life with limited prospects for survival and even less opportunity to fulfill their dreams, a landscape of human misery without redemption.
Education for All – Global Monitoring Report
why governance matters
Despite much progress since 2000, millions of children, youth and adults still lack access to good quality education and the benefits it brings. This inequality of opportunity is undermining progress towards achieving Education for All by 2015.
Who are these individuals and groups? What are the obstacles they face? How can governance policies help break the cycle of disadvantage and poverty? What policies work? Is education reform integrated into the bigger picture? Is the international community making good on its commitments?
Yesterday, an important event occurred in Washington, D.C. at midday in front of the Embassy of Uzbekistan. The purpose was to rally and picket to end the use of forced child labor in picking cotton in Uzbek fields. Remarkably, the use of millions of children as a pool of forced laborers has been official Uzbek [...]
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The Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 20 years of age on November 20th, 2009.
The CRC recognizes that childhood is a special time of life that deserves protection and assistance.
193 countries, virtually the entire membership of the United Nations, have ratified this international law which enshrines the rights of children to be raised in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity.
While the United States played central role in drafting the CRC, it remains one of only two countries, Somalia being the other, that has failed to ratify this treaty.
MVC endorses efforts that call for the U.S. to ratify the CRC.
The CRC establishes a legal foundation for the human rights of children all over the world. It asserts that the life of every child is of equal value, without regard to race, colour, sex, language, religion, political opinion or nationality. The CRC is also a detailed road-map for improving and protecting the practical conditions in which children grow up, covering a broad range of issues such as education, health, hunger, safety, exploitation, gender equality, adoption, disabilities, child mortality, juvenile justice.
It’s our belief at Media Voices that the CRC is a landmark document that describes the world that our children deserve. In the months to come, we will post guest commentary, articles, links and information about the CRC and the efforts to have it finally ratified by the U.S. Congress.
Below is a key organization- working towards ratification- with many resources available.
This is the complete text of ILO Convention 182: Recognizing that child labour is to a great extent caused by poverty and that the long-term solution lies in sustained economic growth leading to social progress, in particular poverty alleviation and universal education, and Having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the International Labour Ofﬁce, and having met in its 87th Session on 1 June 1999, and Español Français German The General Conference of the International Labour Organization, International Law
Despite much progress since 2000, millions of children, youth and adults still lack access to good quality education and the benefits it brings. This inequality of opportunity is undermining progress towards achieving Education for All by 2015. Who are these individuals and groups? What are the obstacles they face? How can governance policies help break the cycle of disadvantage and poverty? What policies work? Is education reform integrated into the bigger picture? Is the international community making good on its commitments? This report was prepared by UNESCO, the United Nations agency responsible for the Education for All initiative.
This UNESCO document describes an international framework for advancing peace and reconciliation over war and conflict. Creating a world where children can thrive is a choice.