The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child applies to you and all other children under 18. All the countries in the world except the USA* have ratified (pledged to follow) the Convention. This means they must put children’s best interests first and listen to what children have to say.
Basic principles of the Convention: • All children are equal and have the same rights. • Every child has the right to have his or her basic needs fulfilled. • Every child has the right to protection from abuse and exploitation. • Every child has the right to express his or her opinion and to be respected.
What is a convention? A convention is an international agreement, a contract between countries. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is one of the six UN conventions on human rights.