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We were all children once - For Europe Day 2019 EU Ambassadors show their support to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

06/05/2019 - 14:26
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This year the Convention on the Rights of the Child celebrates its 30th anniversary. Under the banner of Europe Day 2019, EU Ambassadors in Geneva chose to make a very personal testimony to show their commitment to the promotion and protection of the rights of every child around the world.

 

The rights of the child are human rights. They are indivisible, universal and inalienable. Yet, across the world, 16,000 children die every day, mostly from preventable or treatable causes. Nearly half of all deaths in children under age 5 are attributable to undernutrition. Every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence in their homes, schools, and communities.

The  EU  policy  on  the  rights  of  the  child  is  strongly  guided  by  the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  All EU Member  States  are  party  to  the  UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history, currently ratified by 196 States parties. It is the most comprehensive human rights treaty and legal instrument for the promotion and protection of the entire complement of rights relevant to children: economic, social, cultural, civil and political. Adopted in 1989, this Convention outlines universal standards for the care, treatment, survival, development, protection and participation of all children. It was the first international instrument to explicitly recognise children as social actors and active holders of right.

In multilateral fora, the EU is highly active on the rights of the child. "The EU is, together with partners, the penholder of the annual resolution on the rights of the child at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and the UN General Assembly in New York," explains Ambassador Walter Stevens, Head of the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva. "We therefore wanted to mark the 30th anniversary celebrations of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in a special way. The video we launched today is a very personal testimony by all EU Ambassadors in Geneva to underline their commitment to the promotion and protection of the rights of every child around the world," he says.

 

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