On 4 June every year, the United Nations observes the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression. This day acknowledges that the most vulnerable members of society, namely children, are those most greatly affected by the consequences of armed conflict and other acts of aggression, and affirms the UN’s commitment to protect the rights of children, in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Despite the fact that the Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history, the number of violations perpetrated against children in areas of conflict around the world have in many places increased in recent years. More must be done to protect children from these abuses and to ensure that victims receive justice and healing.
To read about the important work of UNICEF in improving the lives of children around the world, head to their website at www.unicef.org, or find out more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Take a look at the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to see how the United Nations plans to build a better world and a brighter future for all children.