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Ask President Obama to submit the Convention on the Rights of the Child for U.S. ratification

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) lays out a comprehensive set of rights for children, and recognizes the essential role and importance of parents and families. 

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is joining with other child welfare organizations to ask President Obama to order a review by the Department of State and send the treaty to the U.S. Senate for ratification – but we need to show that it has the support of thousands of people like you.

Sign the petition to ask President Obama to demonstrate that the U.S. stands firm for children's rights around the world by submitting the Convention on the Rights of the Child to the senate for ratification.


  • President Barack Obama


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Convention on the Rights of the Child

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a U.S. citizen who supports U.S. ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), I urge you to make it your priority to send the CRC to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent.

Around the world, the CRC is an important tool to promote protections and rights for the most vulnerable and marginalized children, and to support the importance of families and parents. I believe that it will strengthen our Nation's ability to help children overseas, and provide a framework to help us better address challenges facing children and families here at home. Mr. President, you are a champion for human rights and for children's rights. As you know, the United States stands with Somalia and South Sudan as the only holdouts from ratifying the CRC, the most widely accepted human rights instrument in history. The conspicuous absence of the United States as a party to the CRC undermines our Nation's international leadership role on behalf of children and families.

The United States cannot move forward on ratification, however, unless the President submits this treaty to the Senate for its advice and consent. Although Administration officials have promised to review the treaty, there is no specific timeframe for submitting it to the Senate. I ask you to submit the CRC to the Senate by the next Universal Children's Day. The United Nations and its member countries observe this day annually to promote the welfare and protection of the world's children. By sending the CRC to the Senate, Mr. President, you will demonstrate your commitment to the values enshrined in the treaty.

November 2012 marks twenty-three years since the UN adopted the CRC, and 17 years since President Clinton signed it I think that's more than enough time to review this important treaty.

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