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Human Rights in Global HealthRights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World$
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Benjamin Mason Meier and Lawrence O. Gostin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190672676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190672676.001.0001

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The United Nations Children’s Fund

The United Nations Children’s Fund

Implementing Human Rights for Child Health

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Human Rights in Global Health

Benjamin Mason Meier

Mitra Motlagh

Kumanan Rasanathan

Oxford University Press

This chapter assesses UNICEF efforts to implement the child’s right to health, reviewing UNICEF’s evolving governance to address global health, examining the influence of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on UNICEF’s mission, and analyzing the opportunities and challenges in using a rights-based approach to advance children’s health. Where UNICEF had long been concerned by the practical implications of implementing human rights, the 1989 CRC solidified UNICEF’s central institutional role in the development and implementation of child rights. This development under international law created a burgeoning implementation framework to advance child health and human rights. Based upon this CRC mandate, UNICEF has sought to implement the child’s right to health across its health programming, assistance to states, and work with the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Keywords:   Convention on the Rights of the Child, Committee on the Rights of the Child, child health, rights-based approach to health, human rights mainstreaming, treaty monitoring, Sustainable Development Goals

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