Boys play on an inflatable slide during UNRWA Summer Fun Weeks. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan


Declarations and Conventions

1989: Convention on the Rights of the Child

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an important agreement by countries who have promised to protect children’s rights. The Convention explains who children are, all their rights, and the responsibilities of governments. All the rights are connected, they are all equally important, and they cannot be taken away from children. Read and download the child-friendly version.

2007: Declaration of the commemorative high-level plenary meeting devoted to the follow-up to the outcome of the special session on children (13 December)

2005: Guidelines on Justice in Matters involving Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime (E/2005/30 and E/2005/SR.36)

2002: A world fit for children (10 May)

1999: Convention Concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour,1999 (ILO Convention No. 182)

1990: United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of Their Liberty (14 December)

1990: United Nations Guidelines for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency (The Riyadh Guidelines) (14 December)

1986: Declaration on Social and Legal Principles relating to the Protection and Welfare of Children, with Special Reference to Foster Placement and Adoption Nationally and Internationally (3 December)

1985: United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (The Beijing Rules) (29 November)

1973: Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (ILO Convention No. 138)

1959: Declaration of the Rights of the Child (20 November)


Other Documents

General Assembly

Security Council

Economic and Social Council

Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)