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National Child Day

Resources and Publications

This page provides both Government of Canada and UN reports. The reports are listed in chronological order starting in 1991 when Canada ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. To read a report click on one of the following links.

Additional resources on children's rights from non-governmental organizations can also be found in this section. Be sure to check out versions of the Convention in child and youth friendly language!


A Canada Fit for Children HTMLExternal site
A Canada Fit for Children

Canada 's plan of action in response to the May 2002 - United Nations' Special Session on Children.

A World Fit For Children PDFExternal site
A World Fit for Children

The new agenda for - and with - the world's children, including 21 specific goals and targets for the next decade. More than two years of consensus-building resulted in a strong future agenda focused on four key priorities: promoting healthy lives; providing quality education for all; protecting children against abuse, exploitation and violence; and combating HIV/AIDS.

A World Fit for Us HTMLExternal site

This message from the Children's Forum, was delivered to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children by child delegates, Gabriela Azurduy Arrieta, 13, from Bolivia and Audrey Cheynut, 17, from Monaco on May 8, 2002.

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Your Voice Matters

Your Voice Matters: Young People Speak out on Issues related to the UN Special Session on Children

In November 2000, Health Canada developed an interactive Web site to provide children and adolescents with an opportunity to express their views about their priorities and thoughts on issues related to the United Nations Special Session on Children. The results of the Health Canada National Child Day initiative are presented in this report.

Say It Right HTMLExternal site
Say it Right!

The Unconventional Canadian Youth Edition of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

"We have the right to be listened to.... Our friends, family, teachers and governments can all help us exercise our rights better in many situations. We need to let them know when they are helping us, and if they aren't, what they can do differently. So let them hear you SAY IT RIGHT! "

Convention on the Rights of the Child HTMLExternal site / PDFExternal site
Convention on the Rights of the Child

The human rights of children and the ways governments can make them happen are most clearly described in one international human rights treaty: the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Child Rights Resources