NEW YORK, 11 September 2019 – A special exhibition of some of the world’s most powerful visual stories that lay bare the pressing challenges faced by children uprooted from their homes and countries was inaugurated today by UNICEF and the World Press Photo Foundation.
The thought-provoking stories – many of which have received widespread attention and spurred international debate on issues related to migration – were selected from images and productions awarded in the prestigious World Press Photo contests between 2016 and 2019.
UNICEF and the World Press Photo Foundation have collaborated on this exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. The Convention commits member states to uphold children’s rights – including the rights to survival and development, freedom and protection, and identity and privacy.
“These specially curated visual stories draw attention to the physical, emotional and psychological impact of forced displacement on children, both accompanied and unaccompanied, from various parts of the world. This selection of award winning stories from recent World Press Photo contests highlights the importance of protecting the rights of every child, wherever they are, and we’re proud to partner with UNICEF to call attention to these issues,” said David Campbell, Director of Programs and Outreach, World Press Photo Foundation.
“It is a privilege to partner with World Press Photo Foundation on this special collection of iconic imagery to bring attention to the challenges faced by uprooted children. The exhibition serves as a reminder that there is much more to be done to uphold the commitments made under the Convention on the Rights of the Child for children forced from their homes,” said UNICEF Global Director of Communication Paloma Escudero.