NAEYC Conference Los Angeles
NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS PUSH PRESIDENT OBAMA
TO MOVE THE CHILD RIGHTS CONVENTION TOWARD RATIFICATION
Submitted by John Surr
CEASE was among the 109 national organizations, large and small, that recently urged President Obama to recommend ratification of the Children’s Rights Convention (CRC) to the US Senate. The CRC was opened for signature on November 20, 1989, and almost 25 years later only the US and South Sudan have yet to ratify it. The other 195 countries are quite happy with it, and it has made huge improvements in the lives of children everywhere. President Obama promised in 2008 to recommend ratification during his Administration, but this process requires quite a bit of background work in the State Department before the recommendation can go forward. This recommendation would be a wonderful legacy of the Obama Presidency, as the Senate can’t ratify before the President sends a treaty forward. Once he sends it, it’s on their agenda, not his. CEASE hopes with others that the President can start the process by November 20, a suitable occasion (also Universal Children’s Day) to make a positive step forward for children everywhere, including the United States. You can help to move it along by communicating to the President your feelings about this. Email the White House at http://www.whitehouse.gov or call 202-456-1111. Thank you! You, we and he can help to bring U.S. children in from the cold, and restore U.S. Government leadership in global children’s policy.