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NCJ Number: 228906 Find in a Library
Title: CRC 20 Years: An Overview of Some of the Major Achievements and Remaining Challenges
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:11  Dated:November 2009  Pages:771-782
Author(s): Jaap E. Doek
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 12
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper presents an overview of some of the major achievements and remaining challenges of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) implementation on both the international and national level spanning 20 years.
Abstract: In November 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was unanimously adopted by all member-states of the United Nations. This comprehensive treaty on the human rights of children is currently implemented in 193 states with various results depending not only on available resources, but on the incorporation of a child rights based approach of legislation and policymaking and thus with challenges remaining. Global figures show progress in reduction of infant mortality, in child labor and in child soldiers, and an increase of school enrollment and completion rates, in particular for girls. One of the major challenges for the implementation of the CRC in the next decade is the reduction and elimination of child poverty. Attention has been given to poverty reduction in general but very little to the impact of poverty on children and/or measures which should or can be taken to put an end to child poverty. This paper presents an overview of the impact CRC has had and still has on the setting and development of the international agenda for the promotion and protection of the rights and welfare of children, as well as focusing on the impact at the national level. The paper concludes with remarks on poverty as a remaining challenge for the implementation of children's rights. References
Main Term(s): Children at risk
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Child protection services; Child welfare; Homeless children; Human rights; Indigents
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