Ratification of child rights convention urged by UNListen /
The UN human rights chief is urging the three countries that have not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to do so in 2014.
The convention was established a quarter of a century ago this year and sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children.
South Sudan, Somalia and the United States are the three countries that are yet to ratify the convention.
Navi Pillay is the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
"Over the course of those 25 years, the CRC has been the most widely ratified of all the human rights treaties and is just three ratifications short of universal ratification by states. I hope there will be even greater acceptance of this core international human rights treaty in its anniversary year."
The Convention defines a child as any human being under the age of eighteen.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.