Supporting children’s rights and well-being: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Universal Children’s Day

APA continues to support the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a human rights declaration regarding the equal care and treatment of all children

APA recently joined with other members of the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (The Campaign) to send a letter to President Obama requesting that he submit the Convention to the U.S. Senate for ratification. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a human rights declaration specifying the care and treatment that all children should be afforded, regardless of country of origin. In November 1989, the UN adopted the CRC, which has been widely incorporated into law and used to guide policy making affecting children in countries around the world. In recognition of the anniversary of the CRC, the Campaign is sending the letter to renew attention to the CRC in the U.S. government. This is the latest in a long history of APA activities in support of the CRC.

Adoption of CRC Resolutions

Following its introduction, APA adopted resolutions in support of the CRC and its two optional protocols. With the National Committee for the Rights of the Child, APA co-sponsored the international conference, “Advancing Children’s Futures: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Supporting Children’s Rights,” in 1997. APA’s Main Representative to the UN has worked with the NGO Committee for Children’s Rights since APA was accredited at the UN in 2000. Two issues of the American Psychologist®, January 1991 and December 1996, have focused on the CRC as the topic of the Psychology in the Public Forum articles. Additional information about APA’s activities related to the CRC is available at Children, Youth and Families Office.

Observance of Universal Children's Day

The Campaign has prepared a tool kit of new resources on the CRC for Universal Children’s Day, celebrated on Nov. 20, 2012. Universal Children’s Day began in 1954 as a day observing solidarity and understanding between children worldwide. The UN General Assembly recommended that activities devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the UN Charter and the welfare of the children of the world be conducted in observance of Universal Children’s Day. The tool kit can be used to hold informational events on the CRC in your community. Events are encouraged anytime between Universal Children’s Day, Nov. 20, and Human Rights Day, Dec. 10. The tool kit is available on The Campaign website.