30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (2019)

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On November 20, 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in New York. 30 years later, the UNCRC is the most widely ratified UN Treaty. This treaty has played and will continue to play a central role in the improvement of the lives of children around the world. The UNCRC elevates the child as a person with his/her own rights, especially the right to express his/her opinion on these rights.

Ombudspersons for Children from across Europe have the unique role of monitoring but also advising domestic authorities on how they implement the UNCRC. They have the remit to report on any failures or omissions by national/regional authorities to safeguard and promote the rights of all children. As a network of 42 Independent Children’s Rights Institutions created in 1997, ENOC works collectively to protect and promote the rights of the child through the fullest implementation of the UNCRC. To celebrate this 30th anniversary in 2019, ENOC issued video statements (available below) with key messages from ENOC members on the achievements and challenges regarding children's rights. ENOC will also carry out an extensive work in 2020 on the specific issue of Child Rights Impact Assessments (CRIA), as a key mechanism for implementing the UNCRC and a crucial tool for advancing children’s rights.

Erinda Ballanca - the Ombudsman of Albania

Caroline Vrijens - the Flemish Children's Rights Commissioner

Elina Pekkarinen - The Ombudsman for Children in Finland

Geneviève Avenard - Children's Defender France