This latest 'Innocenti Essay' outlines the legal and moral stance behind UNICEF's emerging human rights ethic. It goes on to consider the implications of this thinking in terms of the organisation's perceived future role. The author, Marta Santos Pais, attempts here to end the debate between the traditional development thinkers and the new-style rights advocates, arguing that 'development' is meaningless unless it is designed to ensure the realisation of human rights. Here is a powerful and explict reaffirmation of UNICEF's commitment to put the CRC at the heart of its work.
children's rights; convention on the rights of the child; human rights;
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