We believe that children and youth are our most important resource in an increasingly interconnected global community. We affirm our support for US ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), joining with 193 countries that have already done so.

As an international framework for children and youth, the CRC protects and respects children, youth, parents, and their families. Children are individuals with inherent rights and play an important role in society. US ratification of the CRC will help protect the well-being and safety of children and youth.

Based on its history and tradition of human rights and responsibilities, the United States must demonstrate its dedication to provide all children and youth with a better today and a better tomorrow. We declare that a bipartisan commitment to ratify the CRC will provide current and future generations with opportunities and the support vital to meet the challenges of the 21st century.