The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)—Full Text:
The Optional Protocol of the CRC (OP)
United Nations' Cyberschoolbus
This site has several discussion areas relating to issues that are priorities for the UN, and student-appropriate resources developed from the UN Family of Organizations' most current content.
UN's Department of Economic & Social Affairs: Population statistics.
The Office of the UN's Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.
Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA): The UN Conference on the Illicit Trade of Small Arms & Light Weapons in All its Aspects.
Peace and Security: A historical look at the issue of “Conflict” or “Blood” Diamonds.
UNICEF helps by fighting disease, promoting education and good nutrition, helping in emergencies, and fighting for children's rights:
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Amnesty International: Human rights info by country
Center for Defense Information: "Child Combatants: The Road to Recovery."
Center for Defense Information: "Child Soldiers: Invisible Combatants."
The Child Rights Information Network
An international hub for children's rights issues.
The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers:
Human Rights Watch: Facts about child soldiers.
International Rescue Committee: Building a Furture for Former Child Soldiers
A global network of first responders, humanitarian relief workers, healthcare providers, educators, community leaders, activists, and volunteers providing access to safety, sanctuary, and sustainable change for millions of people whose lives have been shattered by violence and oppression.
Research Tools Online
Encarta: Country listings—complete with population, history, natural resources, etc.
The Economist.com: Country Briefings (Note: not all countries available)
UNworks. What's Going On? Child Soldiers in Sierra Leonne. United Nations, NY
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Marie, In the Shadow of the Lion, by Jerry Piasecki. ©
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