City Council Resolution Supporting the "Convention on the Rights of the Child"

Resolution of the City Council of New York

Nov. 21, 1989
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Introduction and Reading of Bills

Res. No. 1891

Resolution supporting the “Convention on the Rights of the Child,” as adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on November 20, 1989; and calling on all City agencies— especially those concerned with the housing, nutrition, education, protection, medical care, recreation, and economic opportunity for children—to ensure that their activities and funding processes comply with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

By the President (Mr. Stein) and Council Members Friedlander and Messinger; also Council Members Alter, Castaneira Colon, Crispino, Eisland, Foster, Gerges, Greitzer, Harrison, Horwitz, Lisa, Leffler, Michels, Povman, Spigner and Williams.

  • Whereas, Children have inalienable human rights—such as the right to food, shelter, health care, protection from abuse, education, and the right to develop in a safe environment free from discrimination; and
  • Whereas, Children in the United States and throughout the world face an unprecedented crisis that impedes their proper development; and
  • Whereas, Children remain the subject of abuse, neglect, and exploitation; and
  • Whereas, It is the duty of the Government to ensure that all children receive the level of support necessary for the realization of these rights; and
  • Whereas, There is insufficient support for the maintenance of caring and nurturing families; and
  • Whereas, On November 20, 1989, the United Nations General Assembly voted to adopt a new international treaty for the protection of children; and
  • Whereas, The “Convention on the Rights of the Child” details the civil and political rights of children, as well as their social, economic and cultural rights; and
  • Whereas, Setting basic rights of children as whole persons requires rethinking programs for families and children; now, therefore be it
  • Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York affirms its support for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20,1989; and, be it further
  • Resolved, That the Council call on all City agencies—especially those concerned with the housing, nutrition, education, protection, medical care, recreation and economic opportunity for children—to ensure that their activities and funding processes comply with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

On motion of the Vice-Chairman (Council Member Vallone), and adopted. The matter was made a General Order for the Day and unanimously adopted by a viva voce vote.