In the weeks leading up to the 30th anniversary of the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), UN member states were invited to pledge their recommitment to the Convention. Until this week, it wasn’t clear when New Zealand would sign the pledge, despite our government’s clear focus on improved child wellbeing.
At ChildFund, the UNCRC is not only a set of guiding principles, but it is a tool for our in-country programming. Through campaigns, events and curriculum, we aim to build awareness and understanding of the Convention in the communities where we work, especially with children who have the most at stake.
At an event in Wellington earlier today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the government’s recommitment to the UNCRC. “Today, on this Anniversary, I want to recommit again New Zealand’s absolute commitment to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child. And, we’re going to sign up to a special pledge to do that.”
Today's announcement follows the submission of a joint letter signed by the CEOs of 28 child-focused NGOs in New Zealand, including ChildFund, urging the government to recommit to the UNCRC.
For those of us at ChildFund, this announcement is significant. Not only does it affirm the work we are doing around the world, but also, provides further evidence that the people of New Zealand support our mission to help children and youth to thrive.
About the UNCRC
The UNCRC, adopted 30 years ago, is a landmark human rights treaty that has been signed by 196 countries including every member of the United Nations, except the United States. It was ratified in New Zealand in 1983.