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Securing a better future for children

HEN THE CHARTER OF THE U.N. WAS SIGNED IN SAN Francisco in June 1945, it promised equal rights for all but made no specific mention of children. Thirty years ago, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted, recognizing for the first time that children have their own rights, distinct from adults’. The distinction is vital to the millions of children who still live with conflict, poverty, violence and abuse. Professor Geraldine Van Bueren was one of the drafters of

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