Who has signed up to the UNCRC?
Since it was adopted by the United Nations in November 1989, 196 countries have signed up to the UNCRC, with only one country still to ratify.
All countries that sign up to the UNCRC are bound by international law to ensure it is implemented. This is monitored by the Committee on the Rights of the Child
The UNCRC is also the only international human rights treaty to give non-governmental organisations (NGOs), like Save the Children, a direct role in overseeing its implementation, under Article 45a.
Who started the UNCRC?
In fact, the world's very first declaration on child rights was written by Save the Children founder, Eglantyne Jebb, in 1923.
How does Save the Children support children's rights?
We're calling on all governments to recommit to the UNCRC by focusing on three key areas:
- Ensuring all laws fully comply with the UNCRC.
- Increased government spending on children
- Establishing an independent ombudsman for child rights