What is Sustainable Development?

Sustainable development is the kind of development that meets the needs of the present world without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This means that any development taking place today needs to help current generations to preserve elements of life in a way that empowers future generations to do the same for generations that will come after them, and so on. It is development that protects the earth and its people into perpetuity. World leaders have been taking action on sustainable development for many decades. Their work culminated in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted in September 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Where can I find child-friendly resources on the Sustainable Development Goals?

What are Human Rights?

Every human being has certain privileges, entitlements and freedoms that are meant to help us all to live a good life. These are called human rights – rights everyone has because they are human. These rights are universal and should be enjoyed by everyone everywhere, no matter how old they are.

In 1989 the leaders of most of the world’s countries decided to reserve a special category of rights to be enjoyed by children up to the age of 18. This category of rights is listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It explains what children are entitled to and how adults and governments can work together to help children to enjoy all their rights.

Where can I find child-friendly resources on the UN CRC?

The UN CRC in child-friendly language is available in the following languages:

A summary of the UN CRC for children 

Little book of rights 

Know your rights and responsibilities 

Rights for every child