General Declarations Last update : 15.06.2012
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. The Declaration represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are entitled. It consists of 30 articles which have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions and laws. Article 4 states that "no one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms".
World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children (1990)
The World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children, agreed at the World Summit for Children on 29-30 September 1990, stresses the joint commitment to give every child a better future. The participants committed themselves to a 10-point programme to protect the rights of children and to improve their lives. It was also decided to adopt and implement a Plan of Action.
Plan of Action for Implementing the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection (1990)
On 29-30 September 1990, the World Summit adopted a Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children and a Plan of Action for implementing the Declaration in the 1990s. With the Convention on the Rights of the Child as the overall framework, the Plan of Action sets out actions on national and international level. Paragraph 22 particularly calls for special attention, protection and assistance to children in especially difficult circumstances such as child workers or youth trapped in the bondage of prostitution, sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation.