Children’s rights are the basis for our work

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The fundamental principles of this Convention form the value basis of our organisation; in accordance with these

  • every child has the right to life, survival and development
  • every child has the right to express his or her views and have them taken into account
  • all children are equal, no one must be discriminated
  • every child’s best interests must be given due consideration to when making plans and decisions concerning a single child or a group of children.

Eglantyne Jebb, the founder of the International Save the Children movement, drew up in 1923 the world’s first declaration of children’s rights, the Declaration of Geneva, which later served as a basic model for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.