United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child



The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), developed this convention to create an international agreement to rights of children. This Convention proclaims that everyone is entitled to inherent dignity of the equal and inalienable rights of the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. The United Nations has proclaimed that childhood is entitled to special care and consideration. The child needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection before as well as after birth. Children who require foster placement or adoption nationally and internationally need special consideration.

This document is a record of the decisions made by the committee in reference to the standard required by the United Nations Committee on the care and welfare of children, to protect and act in the best interest of the child.


Networks can use this document as a reference to understand the provisions set forth by the United Nations to act in the best interest of every child. Of particular note is the recognition that children belong in families (“should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding”), which is core to the global movement’s core principles.

Awareness of the content of the UNCRC will help when advocating within nations that are signatories to the Convention.