Secretary-General António Guterres meets a group of young visitors at the United Nations Headquarters. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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Secretary-General's Message to commemorate 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child

Thirty years ago, nations came together to make a pledge to the children of the world.

For the first time, the Convention on the Rights of the Child spelled out a binding global commitment to the inherent rights of every single girl and boy.

All countries recognized the unique vulnerability of children, and pledged to provide them with food, healthcare, education and protection.

Since then, progress has been made.

Child deaths have fallen by over half and global stunting has declined.

But millions of children still suffer from war, poverty, discrimination and disease.

Around the world, children are showing us their strength and leadership advocating for a more sustainable world for all.

As we mark the 30th anniversary of this landmark Convention, I urge all countries to keep their promise to them.  

Let’s build on advances and re-commit to putting children first. 

For every child, every right.

António Guterres