Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)


The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 1989 by a unanimous vote and was instituted as international law in 1990 to promote and protect all children worldwide. Today, 193 countries are parties to the CRC. 

Only two U.N.-member states of not yet ratified the treaty: The United States and Somalia.

The convention compels state parties to prioritize childhood by setting forth basic standards that the parties agree to uphold: the right to survival; the right to develop to the fullest potential; the right to protection from abuse, neglect, and exploitation; and the right to participate in family, cultural, and social life. State parties agree to provide support and assistance to parents as they fulfill their child-rearing responsibilities within the framework of these four basic principles.

Learn More

To learn more about the CRC, please visit UNICEF or The full text of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is available through the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights.

How to help:

Want to advocate for the CRC? Become a fan of the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the CRC on Facebook or follow the campaign on Twitter! You can also download the campus resource kit for planning university events.


Consider signing this online petition urging President Obama to support the Convention on the Rights of the Child. But hurry; deadline is Friday, Nov. 12

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