Mrs Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2008 – 2014

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Mrs Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Geneva, 20 November 2008

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of
the Child in one year's time, we acknowledge how child rights issues have gained more
attention at the international, regional and national levels. The Convention offers the
most comprehensive legal framework to address the protection and promotion of child

Despite almost universal ratification of the Convention and the important progress
achieved in the last two decades, millions of children still suffer from poverty,
marginalization, discrimination and exploitation.

Mrs Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Let us not forget that children are highly vulnerable and frequently victims of the
inability or negligence of states to provide them with the necessary protection and
justice. Access to education and learning about rights are important tools to help
children to express their views and ultimately claim their rights.

CyberDodo educates about the Convention and presents it in a way that is appealing to
Children, as well as to parents, carers and teachers. The protection and promotion of the
Rights of children is more effective when all actors, including those in families, schools and the communities where they live, are sensitised and actively involved.

This project integrates different communications tools –a website, films and a publication- that facilitate children’s participation. I am pleased to say that ma Office has supported the development of the project since its creation. I wish much success to this new phase of CyberDodo.