Celebrations to mark 25 years of the UN Rights of the Child, kick off in Glasgow

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Celebrations to mark 25 years of the UN Rights of the Child, kick off in Glasgow

Children at Pollokshields Primary School in Glasgow are helping to kick off celebrations in Scotland to mark the 25th Anniversary of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). 

They’re hosting a special children’s rights assembly that will be attended by Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Tam Baillie and have created raps, songs and artwork to showcase what they think children’s rights is all about.

Even the school’s dinner staff have got into the spirit of the celebrations, baking a special UNCRC birthday cake for every class in the school.

These images will be tweeted and added to a Pinterest Board here which aims to inform and raise awareness of key developments of children’s rights in Scotland, so each pin will link out to further information.

Also on 20th November in Scotland, the Commissioner is:
• hosting a Twitter conversation on children’s rights with MSYPs from Scottish Youth Parliament
• attending a parliamentary Reception hosted by LGBT young people

Politicians, Government Ministers, children and young people from across Scotland and Children’s representatives from across Europe, will also complete special birthday ‘gift tags’ to tell the UN what they think has been the key achievement for children’s rights in the past 25 years.

Adopted by the UN General Assembly in New York on 20th November 1989, (on the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child), the UNCRC is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history.

Speaking about the 25th anniversary, Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People said: “Twenty-five years ago at the UN General Assembly in New York, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was adopted, becoming the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children.

“It represented a global promise to all children and changed the way that they are viewed and treated.

“As we approach this momentous milestone, we have a chance to take stock of what the UNCRC has delivered for children since it was adopted.

“In Scotland I have witnessed some excellent examples of children and young people being recognised as rights-holders and their rights being upheld.

“But we cannot be complacent and we must also use the Anniversary to look critically at what has not been achieved.

“The post-referendum discussions are a natural juncture for those working to advance children’s rights, to consider how we might better protect and enhance children’s rights a new constitutional framework.”