What we want for the world's children
Family is the heart of society. Within a family, each child is protected and enjoys a sense of belonging.
Here, children learn values, share responsibilities and form life-long relationships.
A family environment gives them a solid foundation on which to build their lives.
Through love and acceptance, emotional wounds are healed and confidence is built.
Children learn to trust and believe in themselves and others.
With this self-assurance, each child can recognise and fulfill his or her potential.
Each child's voice is heard and taken seriously.
Children participate in making decisions that affect their lives and are guided to take a leading role in their
The child grows with respect and dignity as a cherished member of his or her family and society.
Children are protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation and are kept safe during natural disaster and war.
Children have shelter, food, health care and education.
These are the basic requirements for the sound development of all children.