Maud de Boer-Buquicchio gives speech to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

20th November, United Nations, New York

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, President of Missing Children Europe and Assistant Secretary-General and Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution, and child pornography, addressed the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (commonly abbreviated as the CRC, or UNCRC) is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. The Convention defines a child as any human being under the age of eighteen, unless the age of majority is attained earlier under a state's own domestic legislation.

Nations that ratify this convention are bound to it by international law. Compliance is monitored by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which is composed of members from countries around the world. Once a year, the Committee submits a report to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, which also hears a statement from the CRC Chair, and the Assembly adopts a Resolution on the Rights of the Child. The Convention is the most universally adopted convention having been ratified by 194 countries and has changed the way children are viewed and treated – as human beings with a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care and charity.

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