Listen: Teen activists speak up at UN to ensure kids voices are heard in child-friendly treaty
"This is an card move from US news. Two teenagers from opposite sides of the world made a special trip to the UN engineer recently to help Mark Thirty years of the convention venture of the Rights of the child an international treaty that protects children from discrimination violence and neglect more important. Perhaps Marie for Mexico in from the Philippines have also been advising. UN rights experts on child friendly version of the convention. They've been telling you a news. Daniel Johnson why it's important portent that young activists from all over the world make sure their voices are heard and I am part of the Child Advisory Team and we are are going to be a part of the launching of the child friendly version of the United Nations Convention under rights of the Child Maria. You've come from Mexico today. You're also taking. He fought in this special day. Can you tell us exactly what you're doing. How old are you by the way seventeen years off today I work. He reads tyrel too and I'm so happy and excited of this moment because I think and this is important for every child have rights and they can use them because some of them have it and they have the right and they can use them because Algal sometimes times forgive this so tell me Maria how are children managing to get their voices heard here at the United Nations well today. Sarah on I want wants to be the voices of every single kid around the glove because we think the reason for time and maybe they can use them in our voices because we are the kids who are here but they have the power and only idols have their responsibility to lease them so you're going to be presenting something called the children's convention. Tell me a bit more about Sarah so the UNC are about the rights of the child. It's right to survive up with action development and practice invasion. The document does not end there. It also talks about the responsibilities of the bridge Sun's around. The child may be her family the government the school and the stakeholders. It's not really something you were. We just made it more child friendly so that children would understand it more because the original you know you. MCSE was crafted by adults therefore I think they have this goal to make it more child friendly so that the children would be able to understand it because it was crafted for them so go on. Tell me what was hard about the original convention that you have to reformulate to make it more accessible. If you like for Youngsters Maria the document have allowed a lot of worth their heavy for kids so we make using little races so concentration is short term concentration also we use images and colors so so the colors make it more attractive for them. What are you told me Maria what you do that Komi Mexico to advance children's rights. My responsibility after this event is the pressure freshman government so they can rectify Danya with convention okay. Is there a particular project is there something particularly bothers you about the lack of children's rights in your country the couple of the you'd like to tell the today well today. I wanted to invite him to their own kids because sometimes our government's forget this parts is starting. Kane on something more like for adults or for economic and I think that we are we are depressing and if we don't I started using on making Laos for kids. We are going to have problems in the future. Thank you very much clearance. Finally you come from the Philippines and you're interested accident protecting your communities and also extending children's rights so give me an example of the kind of problems that you see at home that you would like to get fixed here at the United Nations. I think emerging issues that I'm really concerned about this that the needs pregnancy actually there was a release of national emergency of teenage pregnancy because although all of of the issues I should have equal attention. I think that finished residency should be specific focus into because it is very visible how the pregnancy affects child okay. And how old are you ask. I am seventeen seventeen to well listen. I wish you all the best here at the United Nations today on this thirtieth anniversary of the signing of the Convention on the rights of the child."