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Title: Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

Adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. The Convention defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. It defines discrimination against women as "...any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has...

Title: Convention on the Political Rights of Women

To implement the principle of equality of rights for men and women contained in the Charter of the United Nations, and recognizing that everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country directly or indirectly through freely chosen representatives, and has the right to equal access to public service in his country, and desiring to equalize the status of men...

Title: Convention on the Protection and Use of Trans-boundary Watercourses and International Lakes

The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) is intended to strengthen national measures for the protection and ecologically sound management of transboundary surface waters and groundwaters. The Convention obliges Parties to prevent, control and reduce water pollution from point and non-point sources. The...

Title: Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families

The term "migrant worker" refers to a person who is to be engaged, is engaged or has been engaged in a remunerated activity in a State of which he or she is not a national. The main thrust of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families is that persons who qualify as migrant workers under its...

Title: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The purpose of the Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments, which in interaction with various barriers...

Title: Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first leally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights—civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. In 1989, world leaders decided that children needed a special convention just for them because people under 18 years old often need special care and protection that adults do...

Title: Indigenous and Tribal Populations Convention, 1957 - Convention concerning the Protection and Integration of Indigenous and Other Tribal and Semi-Tribal Populations in Independent Countries

The Convention [No. 107] was intended to provide protection, but it also assumed that the problem of indigenous and tribal populations was one that would disappear with the gradual integration of these peoples into the societies in which they lived. Convention No. 169 came into force on September 6, 1991, After this date, Convention No. 107 is no longer open to further...