1.4.4 UNICEF -1989 United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child

The UN Children’s fund, UNICEF, works for children’s rights, survival, development and protection.30 It is guided by the 1989 Convention of the Rights of the Child. This international convention contains specific references to the right of children with disabilities to be protected from all forms of discrimination (Article 2). Article 23 directs parties to the Convention to promote a life of dignity, self-reliance and “active participation in the community."

Assistance should be extended to ensure that children with disabilities receive “education, training, health care services, rehabilitation services, [and] preparation for employment and recreation opportunities” (Article 23 (3)). Government officials are also encouraged to cooperate internationally to ensure that “information concerning methods of rehabilitation, education and vocational service” are shared in order to build capacity and experience in these areas (Article 23 (4)). 31


31United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/pdf/crc.pdf